Prospective Students


Whether you plan to pursue a career in music or simply want to continue enjoying the trumpet by taking private lessons or participating in one of our fantastic ensembles, the Luther College Trumpet Studio is the perfect fit for you! You’ll find the Luther Trumpet Studio to be a challenging yet supportive community of friends. The studio is comprised of students from all walks of life, a variety of academic interests and majors as well as top-notch musicians pursuing careers in music performance, education, composition, management etc.

As one of the most active trumpet studios in the country, we are always engaged in exciting new ventures. The studio has hosted a wide variety of guest professional trumpeters and trumpet teachers. We have commissioned new musical compositions for trumpet ensemble from current popular composers. We perform regularly both on and off campus. We regularly compete at national trumpet competitions and perform at international music conferences. We perform the National Anthem for college and professional sporting events and have had feature performances at several Iowa high schools and community centers. We go Trumpet Christmas caroling, hang out for studio movie night, and of course, consume massive amounts of pizza together. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, than you need to join our studio!

Here’s what a few of our current students have to say about their experience:

One of the great things about Luther is the ability to participate in the music program while not being a music major or even minor. I joined the trumpet studio primarily because of my music scholarship, but I have found that I really enjoy playing the instrument at a college level. My musicianship has increased drastically due to the work I have put into practicing, and I have gained valuable skills along the way.

Nicholas Rogness, '24
Data Science, Computer Science & Nordic Studies

Being part of the Luther College trumpet studio has certainly been a highlight of my college career. Something I love about the trumpet studio is the way it brings such a diverse group of people together. Our group is composed of biology majors, cross country runners, swimmers, future music teachers, among many others that I may not have met without being part of this group. In fact, this is how I met two of my closest friends on campus. Additionally, there are so many different ways to get involved as a trumpeter at Luther College: jazz, jazz combo, orchestra, band, pep band, brass quintet, playing in the pit for a musical, etc. You get to decide! Finally, I have sincerely enjoyed my time working with Dr. Cord. He does a great job of helping us to feel supported while also pushing us to our fullest potential. I cannot wait to see what the next two years have in store for me.

Carly Witucki, '24
Music Education

I am proud to be part of this trumpet studio.  Playing with so many other talented trumpets is an experience I have never had and never knew I wanted to have.  Not only are the people fun to play with, but they have become some of my best friends at Luther.  Dr. Cord works really hard (and succeeds) to create a space that anyone can feel comfortable in - even non-music majors like me.  I cannot begin to explain how much progress I have made as a trumpet player in the past year both because of the people around me and my lessons with Dr. Cord.  This experience is definitely one of a kind.

Emma Gibson, '24

If you have not begun your admissions process to the college, please visit the Admissions Department.

While you’re on the Luther College Website, be sure to check out the Music Department as well!

Interested in auditioning for a music scholarship?

Find out more about setting up your Music Scholarship Audition and for audition requirements.

Auditions are set up on an individual schedule to best accommodate your time and travel. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Cord at 515-306-9790 or by email.

We look forward to meeting you and having you in the studio!