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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
Augsburg Orchestra
Augsburg Jazz

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”

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!”