Collaborative Keyboard

Luther College has one of the largest and most productive music departments in the country, and our collaborative pianists - our accompanists - are vital to the artistic activities of Luther's students and teachers.

For Luther students interested in utilizing and developing their skills in the collaborative arts, there are a wide variety of opportunities available including:

  • Accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists in a variety of performance venues, including formal recitals, seminars, competitions, and master classes
  • Playing under a conductor in one of Luther's choral or instrumental ensembles
  • Rehearsing and performing for opera scene programs and fully-staged opera productions
  • Participating in chamber music ensembles
  • Playing for weekly studio seminars. 

Pianists may receive comprehensive training in the Collaborative Arts through the Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying class (spring semester) and possibly continue with more concentrated private study.

Our advanced sophomore and junior collaborative pianists are encouraged to compete in the annual Distinction in Collaborative Keyboard Scholarship Competition, held in the spring of each school year. 

Many of our collaborative pianists have gone on to have successful careers as collaborative performers, vocal coaches, conductors, and teachers.

For more information, contact Professor Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Assistant Professor of Music on our faculty.

Nicholas Shaneyfelt working with a vocal student. Both wear a mask.