The Music Man Square is proud to present Luther College music faculty members Andrew Whitfield and Nicholas Shaneyfelt. They are pleased to present a concert for the 2020-2021 Footbridge Concert Series in Mason City, Iowa on Sunday, November 8, 2020. The program, entitled “Music for a While,” will highlight works of Antonín Dvořák, Gerald Finzi, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Clara Schumann, among others. The one-hour concert will be presented in a virtual format, including commentary by the performers and subtitles of texts in a foreign language.
This concert is part of the Footbridge Series presented by The Music Man Square. We thank Alpha Media and KCMR for their sponsorship of this concert. To enjoy the concert, go to KGLOAM.com or KRIBAM.com, click on the link and enjoy a live video of the event. The concert will also be broadcast live on KCMR 97.9 FM radio.
For more information, please contact Nick Whitehurst at 641-424-2852 or visit Music Man Square’s website at themusicmansquare.org
Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew was a resident artist with Portland Opera Works and toured with outreach programs for Opera Kansas and Opera Birmingham. Other performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. He has been a featured soloist in the Brahms Requiem (Grinnell College) and in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN.) He performed as the baritone soloist in the world premier of Mohammed Fairouz’s Anything Can Happen with the Grinnell College Singers at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. Along with Jessica Paul, he has presented Schubert’s Winterreise numerous times in recital in Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Texas. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, released on innova, has received notable praise. Recent appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah, as well as chamber music recitals at The Baroque Room in St. Paul, MN and as part the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, WA.
Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Opera at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, and opera. He is also a founder and director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer chamber music festival for piano, strings, voice, and composition in Duino, Italy.
Nicholas Shaneyfelt is Assistant Professor of Music in Collaborative Piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he coaches singers, provides musical direction for the opera program, and collaborates in recital regularly with faculty and students. He completed his doctoral studies in the Collaborative Piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan, he served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with regular involvements at the Northampton Community Music Center. In the 2016-17 academic year, he accompanied Luther College’s Nordic Choir, including rehearsals of Bach's B minor Mass, and has accompanied the Chamber Choir and Chorale at UMass under the direction of Tony Thornton, the UMass Conducting Institute, the South Hadley Chorale, and regional honor choirs and choral societies in Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.
Dr. Shaneyfelt serves as an associate director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer festival for instrumentalists, singers, and composers in Duino, Italy. He has also music directed at Belvoir Terrace in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Dr. Shaneyfelt received Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree from UMass with a dual focus in Solo and Collaborative Piano. At UMass, he was the recipient of the 2011 Eugenie May Piano Award. While at Notre Dame, his piano trio, “The Nora Trio,” was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Dr. Shaneyfelt was a recent participant in the prestigious NATS (Nat'l Assoc. for Teachers of Singing) Intern Program in Toronto, Ontario, the inaugural year the program was expanded to include collaborative pianists. Notable recent performances include the premiere of David Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, engagements in Los Angeles, New York City, and the Kennedy Center through the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative, and Schubert’s Winterreise with tenor William Hite. Dr. Shaneyfelt tours frequently with tenor Kelly Burns supported by the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization that aims to bring live classical music to underserved regions of the country.
His teachers include John Blacklow, Nadine Shank, Estela Olevsky, and Gilles Vonsattel.