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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”

Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Music Education Panel

Flyer for LGBTQIA+ education panel, April 2021My name is Mallory Alekna and I am the new professor of music, human development, and learning at Augsburg University. Music education students at Augsburg have asked for more opportunities to interact with and learn from educators from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Based on student requests, my colleague Sarah Minette and I are helping to coordinate a panel of LGBTQIA+ music educators.

On April 24, seven panelists will be sharing their insights about being an LGBTQIA+ music educator. The intent of this panel is to offer guidance to preservice educators who may identify as LGBTQAI+. Additionally, allies are welcome to attend. The focus will be given to those preservice teachers (as well as inservice music educators) for whom mentorship and role modeling may be lacking in their preparation programs and institutions. Continue reading “Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Music Education Panel”

Student Recital, Molly Tengwall

Image of Molly TengwallMolly Tengwall, Senior Recital

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Facebook 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. Continue reading “Student Recital, Molly Tengwall”

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. Continue reading “Augsburg Faculty Shine at MMEA!”

Occasional Updates from the Music Department, Dec. 2020

Volume IV, No. 1 – December 2020

GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC THIS SEASON

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. Continue reading “Occasional Updates from the Music Department, Dec. 2020”

OCCASIONAL UPDATES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, APRIL 2020

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Volume III, No. 2 – April 2020

To our Augsburg Music community,

Welcome, once again, to our Occasional Updates for Augsburg University Music! Despite the frequent priority of solo work as a hallmark of musical achievement, most of us experience music-making as a social event. Meaningful music learning and experience derive from the shared act of preparing and executing performances.

Thus, the coronavirus has had an enormous impact on the “normal” work of the Department of Music and required us to think in creative ways about keeping our students engaged in active learning while practicing social distance and isolation. The typical final weeks of the semester, marked with concerts and recitals, preparation for commencement, juries, final exams, grading, and other rituals that mark academic transitions, have given way to exploring how today’s technology can be leveraged to support continuation of student learning. What we have learned, of course, is that technology has two dimensions. On the one hand, it provides avenues of staying in touch from our places of “distance” that can help us feel connected; on the other, it is a weak substitute for the necessity of face to face, real-time, feelingful interaction with others.
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OCCASIONAL UPDATES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, DECEMBER 2019

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Volume III, No. 1 – December 2019

To our Augsburg Music community,

It is a privilege to share with you, once again, the many exciting activities and events occurring in the Department of Music at Augsburg University. As I write this message, we have just completed our 40th year of Advent Vespers; and, as always, we have ushered in this most anticipated time of the year with hymns, anthems, orchestral works, and readings holding great meaning. Planning for next year’s Vespers begins almost immediately, giving you some idea of the time and effort the department gives to this signature occasion in the life of the university.

Reunion Choir, 2019 GalaIn the links that follow (I hope you will peruse all of them), you will learn about many initiatives in the department. As you likely know, this is Augsburg’s sesquicentennial year, and the music department was active not only in the kickoff gala but also in a collage concert in Hoversten Chapel the next day. It was a marvelous portrait of the work our ensembles are doing, and our directors and students showed exemplary effort in performing so well so early in the semester! Our new departmental advisory council met for the first time on October 30. We have a wonderful group of friends, alumni, and colleagues who will provide invaluable feedback, encouragement, and advice on our work. Continue reading “OCCASIONAL UPDATES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, DECEMBER 2019”