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Celebrating Music Scholarship Recipients and Music Donors

Image taken from within the pit orchestraThe Augsburg University Music Department is pleased to celebrate our outstanding music students and generous donors at the 2022-23 Donor Appreciation Event on Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. This online gathering of the Augsburg music community will recognize the accomplishments of this year’s music scholarship recipients.

The event will include performances by some of our award winners, as well as student statements of gratitude for our generous donors, and a visit by music alumnus Dr. Bill Halverson ‘51–Augsburg music education alum and professor, former dean at The Ohio State University, leading expert on Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, and generous supporter of Augsburg Music.

We hope you will share in our celebration and continued growth of the Augsburg music community by joining us on April 27. Please register by April 25, 2022. Thank you in advance for your interest in, and support of, Augsburg Music!

Congratulations to all of the 2022-23 Music Named Scholarship Recipients!

Jeff Gilbertson, Orville and Gertrude Hognander Scholarship

Ashley Litzinger, Orville and Gertrude Hognander Scholarship (current), Mabeth Saure Gyllstrom Scholarship  (2019-2023)

Charlotte Taddeo, Susan H. and Dean C. Kopperud Scholarship (current), Mayo Savold Memorial Scholarship (2021-2025), Arthur Carl Mammen Scholarship (2021-2025)

Bernadette Spray, Rev. Clement A. Gisselquist Church Music Scholarship

Tess Zastrow, Jerome & Winifred Formo Scholarship, Professor Roberta Stewart Kagin Scholarship

Emily Larson, Jerome & Winifred Formo Scholarship, John and Vera Thut Scholarship, Ruth Krohn Kislingbury Choral Music Scholarship

Maria Kratz, Presser Foundation Scholarship

Haidyn Battle, Robert Karlén Chamber Music Scholarship, St. John’s Lutheran Church – John Norris Memorial Scholarship, Edwin W. and Edith B. Norberg Scholarship

Michelle L. Hofeldt, David R. Winsor Scholarship

Madison Edens, Albert and Solveig Birkeland Scholarship, Hanwick Thanksgiving Scholarship

Jacky Thao, Max David Bassinson Music Scholarship

Chriz Aguilar-Dominguez, Lingen Johnson Scholarship for Education, Marjorie and James R. Gronseth Jr. Memorial Music Scholarship

Vincent Rosa-Chavez, Henry P. Opseth Scholarship, Sam Coltvet Memorial  Music Scholarship, I. Hertsgaard Scholarship, Marilyn Solberg Voice Scholarship

Jadyn Kincaid, Kenneth O. Lower-Nordkap Scholarship, Catha Jones Scholarship

Emma Kirkpatrick, Grace Carlsen Nelson Scholarship, Lois Oberhamer Nye Scholarship

Carson Vincent, Edwin W. and Edith B. Norberg Scholarship

Charity Timm, Curtis and Marian Sampson Music Scholarship

Joe Ramlet, Leonard and Anabelle Dalberg Scholarship

Emma Scherrer, Leonard and Sylvia Kuschel Scholarship

Race to the Finish Line!

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As student & faculty return from Spring Break, the Music Department is gearing up for a music-filled sprint to the finish line! We look forward to you joining us for these many wonderful performances and events in March & April. (Complete Calendar and Parking Details)


March 23    LIVE Music Visit Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Register online)
March 24    Music Department Convocation, 3-4 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
March 24    Tommy Bieganek, Saxophone Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
March 26    Choral Performance, 7:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
March 27    Faculty Recital: Patricia Kent, Voice, 7 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
March 28    Paul McCoyer, Percussion Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
March 31    Jarabe Mexicano, Music Business Class Visit, 9:40 a.m.
March 31    Jarabe Mexicano, Morning Chapel Worship, 11:30 a.m.
March 31    Jarabe Mexicano, Voice Masterclass, 1:15 p.m., Sateren Auditorium


April 2        Jarabe Mexicano with the Augsburg Orchestra & Choir, 2 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 7        Chris Watkins, Electric Bass Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 7        Bernadette Spray, Voice Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 9        Augsburg Honor Orchestra Festival
April 11      Adam Lietzau, Violin Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 11      Casey Johnson, Viola Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 12      String Quartets by Women Composers, Jamison Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert chat), 8 p.m. (performance), Sateren Auditorium
April 14      Augsburg Orchestra Performance, 7 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 18      Augsburg & NHCC Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 19      Augsburg Jazz & Augsburg Vocal Jazz Concert, 7 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 20      Chamber Music Recital, 4 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 21      String Studio Recital, 4 p.m., Gundale Chapel
April 21      Ana Ortiz, Piano Recital, 5:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 21      Lukas Thomas, Piano Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 21      Kaitlin Cook, Piano Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 22      Choral Performance, 7:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 23-24 Music Therapy Workshop
April 27      Donor Appreciation Event, 5:30 p.m., virtual


May 4         Commencement, 6 p.m., US Bank Stadium

Augsburg Faculty at MMEA, February 2022

Congratulations to Augsburg Music Faculty members presenting their research and talent at this year’s Minnesota Music Educator’s Association Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Don’t forget to check out the Augsburg University Music Exhibitor Booth at this year’s MMEA too!

Erika Svanoe, D.M.A. – Director, Augsburg Concert Band

Minnesota All-State Symphonic Band

Friday, February 18, 2022 – 8:45 a.m. (Room: L100DG)
Top 10 things you didn’t know about the music of Erika Svanoe 

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Rafael Rodriguez, D.M.A. – Director, Augsburg Orchestra, Augsburg Jazz

Rafael Rodriguez
Friday, February 18, 2022 – 2:15 p.m. (Room: M101ABC)
The Music of Latin America and the Black Atlantic in your Orchestra 

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Rafael Rodriguez
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Augsburg Jazz

9th-12th Grade Augsburg Honor Orchestra

Image of an Augsburg Student Cello performerAbout the Festival

Welcome students, parents and directors! We are looking forward to an exciting day of music making featuring string students from across the state.

Overview & Important Dates

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Augsburg University
Cost: $20 per selected student
Students: festival includes rehearsals, lunch and late afternoon concert
Parents: join us for the free concert at 3:15 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel
Directors: sit in on rehearsals, attend sectionals, join us for lunch


  • Nominations due, February 25
  • Notifications & music sent, week of March 7

Nominate any current 9-12th grade musician who has skill in performing on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Directors must complete and send the Director Nomination Form by February 25. After nomination forms are reviewed, Augsburg faculty will notify directors, and selected participants will receive music and additional information about the festival.

Festival Host/Director:
Rafael Rodriguez, DMA

Festival Schedule (estimated)

Saturday, April 9, 2022

8:00 a.m., Check in at Foss Center Atrium (entrance on 22nd Ave. S)
8:30 a.m., Rehearsal
10:00 a.m., Break
10:30 a.m.,Rehearsal
12 p.m., Lunch (provided) – Christensen Center Commons
1 p.m., Rehearsal
3 p.m., Break/Prep for concert
3:15 p.m., Concert Begins, Hoversten Chapel in the Foss Center

Festival Repertoire

To be announced soon!


2nd Annual Bassoon All-State Workshop at Augsburg University

Update: Event postponed

This event has been postponed until May 2022, due to COVID19. Additional details will be posted once the date if finalized.


Welcome students, parents and directors! We are looking forward to an exciting day of music making for bassoon students from the surrounding area. Continue reading “2nd Annual Bassoon All-State Workshop at Augsburg University”

42nd Annual Advent Vespers Festivities

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A Free, Virtual Service | Friday, December 3, 2021 – 7 p.m. CST

Advent Vespers, Virtual Premiere Link - CLICK HERE


For more than four decades, Augsburg University has ushered in the Advent and Christmas seasons with Advent Vespers, a magnificent experience of music and liturgy, focusing on the theme of preparation and building up to the joyful celebration of the Incarnation. Continue reading “42nd Annual Advent Vespers Festivities”

9th & 10th Grade Augsburg Honor Band

Welcome students, parents and directors! We are looking forward to an exciting day of music making featuring concert band students from the surrounding area.Augsburg Bold image outside of the new Science Building

About the Festival

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022 – Augsburg University

Highlights include:

  • Honor Band Rehearsals
  • Master classes with Augsburg faculty and local artists
  • Lunch for students and directors
  • Free afternoon concert
  • A living composer experience with Erika Svanoe and her music for band

Continue reading “9th & 10th Grade Augsburg Honor Band”

Occasional Updates from the Music Department, September 2021

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Volume IV, No. 1 – September 2021

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Augsburg Music,
Greetings from the Department of Music! It is a distinct privilege to share with you news of our faculty and students, of alumni, and of recent and upcoming events. Perhaps over the months since our “pivot” to online instruction in March 2020, one thing driven home to us is that, in the words of British author Rebecca West, “[Music] is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted.” Continue reading “Occasional Updates from the Music Department, September 2021”

Augsburg’s Erika Svanoe Interview with WASBE

Congratulations to Augsburg’s Dr. Erika Svanoe, conductor of the Augsburg Concert Band, for her recent interview with the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). The interview explored her compositional aesthetic, with a focus on her compositions The Haunted Carousel, Steampunk Scenes/Suite, and Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein: A Modern Day Promethean Tango.

Check out the video!

Augsburg Student Compositions Final Performance

image of a music notePlease join us for a virtual event featuring new compositions by our Augsburg student composers. The members of the Fifth House Ensemble have been in residence at Augsburg University this spring and they collaborated with students on a series of works that have technology at their core. Some of the music is intended to be performed over Zoom and take into account the lag, others are recorded separately and edited together. The ensemble worked closely with the students over a period of months and the pieces will be a great representation of this process. In addition to these pieces, we will also be sharing some other works written collaboratively among the band students. Continue reading “Augsburg Student Compositions Final Performance”