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Student Recital, Molly Tengwall

Image of Molly TengwallMolly Tengwall, Senior Recital

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Facbook Live Event

What music did you choose for this recital – and tell us more about why you picked certain pieces?

My repertoire for this recital is pretty varied! I start in the Baroque period before moving quickly to French Art Song, 20th-century Argentine song, and concluding with musical theater. I chose the songs I did to round out my classical wheelhouse (Handel and Faure) while also exploring newer repertoire that excites me (songs of Latin America and Broadway). The set of Argentinian songs is by Carlos Guastavino, a man I chose to study for a course final whose music was so marvelous I decided I had to sing it. As for musical theater, I chose songs that I’ve dreamt of performing for years. People who attend my recital virtually should expect to hear music they’ve never heard before; hopefully, they’ll leave with some of those songs stuck in their head.

How has your time at Augsburg prepared you for this moment?

So much time and work have led to this final performance at Augsburg. Every voice lesson (over 80 with my Augsburg instructor), class, rehearsal, test, and more have gotten me to this point. To try and quantify what has brought me to my final recital is nearly impossible.

Tell us more about why you’re having a recital?

I’m having a recital because I want to show what I am capable of after four years of study. I’m excited to have the opportunity to put my accumulated skills to work in one evening. This event feels both like the end of my time at Augsburg and also the beginning of the rest of my musical career. No pressure, right? I also know that I have many people who want to see and hear how far I have come; it would be unfair to deprive them of the chance to support me at the end of my undergraduate career. What’s maybe most important to me is that this recital will likely be the last time I perform on one of my favorite stages, a fact that I simultaneously cherish and dread.

Sharing the Recital:

The recital on Sunday, February 28 will be a Facebook Live event, and Molly hopes to post a YouTube video afterward as well.

– post compiled by Ian Heseltine ’21

Augsburg Faculty Shine at MMEA!

The Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) serves Minnesota’s music educators through professional development events, school music students through honors ensembles and festivals, and the music community through advocacy for supportive education policies at the state and local level. The Annual Midwinter Clinic held each February hosts students, educators and leading music industry vendors each year.

The Augsburg Music Department is proud of the achievements and fantastic work by Erika Svanoe & Rafael Rodriguez at this year’s conference.

Dr. Erika Svanoe, 2021 MMEA All-State Symphonic Band Conductor

Erika Svanoe, conducting the All-State Band at MMEA, zoom photo

Continue reading “Augsburg Faculty Shine at MMEA!”

Fifth House Ensemble in Residence

Collage image of 5th House Ensemble members


In collaboration with MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC and AUGSBURG CAMPUS MINISTRY invites you to share virtually with the FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE, in residence during the Spring 2021 Semester. National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Logos

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.

Additional information about the ensemble, scheduled events, and registration & links are included below. Continue reading “Fifth House Ensemble in Residence”

Occasional Updates from the Music Department, Dec. 2020

Volume IV, No. 1 – December 2020


Dear Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends,
This year has been like no other in the challenges we have faced for our beloved art form of music!  Yet, many organizations have found energy and purpose using technology to our advantage.  Of course, this is not the same as “live” music, but we can be grateful for the ingenuity we have witnessed.

I am pleased to say that Augsburg’s music faculty and students have risen beautifully to the challenge of ensuring continued rich learning and music making.  Continue reading “Occasional Updates from the Music Department, Dec. 2020”


Image of the 2020 Advent Vespers theme artwork - Come Now, Breath of GodEach year for the past four decades, Augsburg University has hosted Advent Vespers to mark the Advent and Christmas seasons. This year’s celebration includes virtual devotions leading up to the virtual 41st Annual Advent Vespers at 7 p.m Friday, December 4, 2020.

Olivia House ’20, who earned a degree in graphic design at Augsburg, created the artwork for this year’s theme, “Come Now, Breath of God.”

Read our Q&A with Olivia about her perspective and work as an artist, the piece she created for Advent Vespers, and what she hopes people experience through this theme art. Continue reading “ADVENT VESPERS THEME ART BY OLIVIA HOUSE ’20”

Augsburg Music Exploration Evening

Image taken from within the pit choirMUSIC EXPLORATION Evening

The Music Exploration Evening is your opportunity to discover Music at Augsburg, meet our highly talented and caring instructors, and learn more about your individualized opportunities in the music program. If you are considering majoring in music or participating in an ensemble, it is vitally important that you attend this event to learn more about qualifying for the Fine Arts Scholarship. Should you be unable to attend the date below, contact the music office as soon as possible to assure that your application and FAS receives full consideration.

Register today for our first scheduled virtual Music Exploration Evening:

Fine Arts Scholarships

The Fine Arts Scholarship (FAS) program recognizes incoming first–year or transfer students who have excelled in art, film, music, or theater—including vocal and instrumental performance, acting, design, and production—and who plan to actively participate in the fine or performing arts at Augsburg. Continue reading “Augsburg Music Exploration Evening”

Nancy Grundahl: F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award

Last November, the MN chapter of the American Choral Directors Association awarded Nancy Grundahl their highest honor – The F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award. To further honor and celebrate Nancy’s contributions to choral music in Minnesota, Sarah Abelsen ’06 worked with Nancy on a profile piece for the Fall issue of ACDA-MN’s online publication, The Star of the North. The article just went live a few days ago.
Congrats, again to Nancy!!

Mallory Alekna joins the Music Department

We are pleased to welcome Mallory Alekna to the Augsburg Music Department in a tenure-track position in Music, Human Development, and Learning. Mallory is completing her PhD at Arizona State University and holds an MM in music education from Indiana University – Bloomington. She has public school experience in instrumental, general, and choral music and has worked with programs providing arts learning in communities. Her PhD dissertation is on access, equity, and inclusion among music majors, and she previously completed a study on recruitment of persons of color into university music programs.

Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir

The Augsburg Music Department is thrilled to announce the inaugural season of the Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir, open to anyone on campus or out in the Metro area who loves to sing a cappella harmony. Teaching artists on this season’s roster hail from Corsica, Cuba, Iran, Nigeria, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States. See the Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir page for more details.