Nancy Luttrell retired in 2012 from the position of Professor of Violin at Wichita State University after teaching there for 32 years. She has been a member of the Wichita Symphony for 49 years and in 2013 retired from the position of Associate Concertmaster after 33 years. She still plays in the first violin section. She was a former first prize winner in several young artist competitions and appeared frequently as soloist with many area orchestras including the Wichita Symphony. While at Wichita State, Mrs. Luttrell was a member of the Fairmount String Quartet and the Wiedemann Trio and toured widely with these chamber groups. She has been Concertmaster of the Vienna Austria Conducting Symposium Orchestra, the 1987 WSU European Tour Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster of five American Sinfonietta European Tours. She has also served as Assistant Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster of numerous summer festival orchestras. Her solos, chamber music and orchestra performances have been heard on NPR.
In 1999, Mrs. Luttrell received the WSU College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2004 she became a Certified Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program which enabled her to play live therapeutic music at the bedside for patients. She received the Wichita Symphony Daniel Sevart Community Service Award in 2008 and the American String Teachers Hall of Fame Teaching Award in 2012.
Mrs. Luttrell began to study art with a drawing class from Center for the Arts in 2010, then enrolled in watercolor classes with Anne Horton. She’s also had classes with Mary Binford Miller, Sharon Leiker, and Brian Hinkle, as well as workshops with Paul Jackson, Jan Butler, Pam Hayes, and Ye Wang. A member of Kansas Art Guild, Wichita Women’s Artists, and Kansas Academy of Oil Painters, she won Best of Show at Presbyterian Manor’s Art is Ageless show in the amateur division for two years in a row and was chosen for their 2015 calendar. She had a painting accepted at the Prairie Art Show in
Sterling, fall of 2015, and won Honorable Mention there in 2018. She won first place in watercolor at the Center for the Arts student exhibition, spring of 2016. She was the Artist of the year for Chamber Music at the Barn for 2018, and she sold cards and paintings there in 2016 and 2017. She has shown at Masonic Home, Presbyterian Manor, the Prairie Art show in Sterling , KS, Carriage Factory in Newton, KS, Meads Corner, Mead Street Gallery, Catholic Care, Founders Crest, Larksfield, Pratt, KS, Hutchinson, KS, L’Image, Century 11, Coutts Gallery in El Dorado, KS, Derby Library, the Regent, and 2nd Street Gallery in Wichita. Paintings were accepted for “Your Community Show”, a celebration of 150 years in Derby, KS in 2019, and paintings were accepted for the Kansas National Watercolor Show at Mark Arts in 2017 and 2018.