Give-Now-BannerDrs. David and Sigrid Luther were recognized during the “Voices Uplifted” choral concert Friday when a long-planned plot to honor the duo was revealed by their longtime friend and former colleague Dr. Marcy Froemke ‘72 at the end of the performance.

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Dr. Sigrid Luther and Dr. David Luther
after receiving their gifts

The special project was generated by the appreciation and love of friends and former students of the Bryan College music program, who have commissioned “two wonderful keepsakes that will continually remind them of our appreciation of their gifts” to honor “Sigrid’s retirement and in celebration of this duo’s nearly four decades of godly servanthood,” in the words of the invitation letter sent to music alumni and friends.

Dr. David Luther, affectionately known as “Dr. D” to his students, received a framed keepsake letter from Dan Forrest, one of his favorite composers, “whose works have sold more than a million copies and been sung in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and around the world,” according to the invitation letter.  Forrest has been commissioned to compose a choral piece in honor of Dr. David Luther.  The anthem’s first performance will be during the Homecoming 2014 celebration on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Rudd Auditorium.

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Dr. Sigrid Luther stands with
the painting commissioned for her

Dr. Sigrid Luther’s face shone in delight and wonder as her gift was unveiled – an original watercolor painting of Rudd Auditorium by artist and personal friend Susan Cassidy Wilhoit (wife of Dr. Mel Wilhoit, with whom the Luthers have served for over 30 years).  The painting features the window to the beloved professor’s office as the focal point, and the first signed print will hang in Rudd for years to come, commemorating her service to Bryan College.

Dr. Sigrid Luther will be retiring at the close of this academic year after giving 35 years of warmth and talent to the college.  According to Dr. Froemke, she “is not only a brilliant pianist who has performed piano concerti with the best orchestras and collaborative music with many fine musicians throughout the years, she is also a sensitive, dedicated, and inspiring teacher who has coached a multitude of award-winning piano students.”

 

 

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13,
assistant director of marketing,
423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.