Facilities & Instructors
Luther College boasts a very supportive and encouraging environment in which to learn and perform music. The school recognizes the importance of music, and makes an effort to invite professional musicians to perform in the daily chapel as guests. Opportunities are given to students to perform in chapel, and to attend performances at the high school and university. The city of Regina, as the provincial capital, also boasts many musical performances and excellent access to musical resources available to students.
Luther College also helps to arrange private lessons and practice times, utilizing Luther's extensive music facilities, which includes six grand pianos, a harpsichord, a pipe organ, two complete sets of handbells, and various other instruments and practice rooms. For more information about private lessons and practice times, please call Dr. Cherland at (306) 791-9160.
MRS. DEBORAH NELSON
Director of the Girls Choir
Deborah Nelson earned her Bachelor of Teaching degree at the University of New Brunswick and took further studies at the University of Calgary. She has been the director of the Luther College Girls Choir for the past three years. She has directed the University of Regina Conservatory Childrens Choir program since 1987, which has grown to include three treble choirs involving over 125 young people annually. Mrs. Nelson conducted the First Babtist Church Junior Choir from 1988-2001 and now works with the Youth Ensemble. She was nominated as a "Woman of Distinction in the Arts" for 2003.
DR. CARL CHERLAND
Director of the Senior Choir
Dr. Carl M. Cherland holds the Pfeifer Memorial Chair of Music at Luther College. As music director is has conducted the Luther Choir since 1975. He received his early training in music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After graduating with honours in music education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S.A., he went on to obtain Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa in choral conducting. In summer studies, he has worked with many of the outstanding international choral conductors and artists of this generation including Robert Shaw, Helmut Rilling, David Willcocks and Eric Ericson.
He was awarded a second Master's degree with emphasis on orchestral conducting in 1983. In 1991 he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.