Professor Kristina Boerger, D.M.A. – John N. Schwartz Professor of Choral Leadership and Conducting at Augsburg – was not able to transfer her classes online as easily as other Augsburg professors. She needed to change her entire curriculum to fit an online platform…(full article)
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.
In 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”
Have you heard about the Sesquicentennial?
Of course you have! But do you know about all of the exciting ways that the Augsburg Music Department is celebrating Augsburg’s 150th during the 2019-2020 academic year? We’ve started this page to help you keep track – Check back frequently for new announcements and event details. Check out details linked below for all of these events:
- 2019 Homecoming, music events
- Augsburg Band Commission Project
- Nordic Chamber Recital
- 40th Annual Advent Vespers
- Tienda (A Chamber Opera)
- “All that we Carry” and original Musical
- All School Reunion, music events
Volume II, No. 3 – April 1, 2019
Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Augsburg,
As I write, the promise of spring is in the air. Here at Augsburg Music, that means a flurry of activity during the last half of our semester. This edition of Occasional Updates apprises you of a few events; and you will find a complete listing on our website. Please consider supporting our students and program by attending concerts, recitals, and other events as you are able. Our wonderful students value the support you provide through your attendance at these events.
On April 11-12, Augsburg will host in residence the amazing Spektral Quartet out of Chicago. If you’ve not seen or heard of Spektral, you will find them an amazing quartet of inspired young artists dedicated to new music and music for diverse audiences. In collaboration with MacPhail Center for Music, they will perform in Antonello Hall on Thursday evening, April 11. This is a not to be missed event! Continue reading “OCCASIONAL UPDATES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, APRIL 2019”
Volume II, Number 1 – September, 2018
Greetings to our alumni, friends, and donors!
As I write this, Augsburg is in the first weeks of classes and the campus is abuzz with activity. In the music department, we are piloting some new efforts this year to welcome students and make sure they are placed at appropriate levels for their performance, theory, and piano class studies. Our first-year theory classes are full, and there is a sense of anticipation in the air.
We are pleased to welcome two new full-time faculty:
• Kristina Boerger, Schwartz Professor of Choral Leadership
• J. Anthony Allen, Professor of Music, Media and Management
• In addition we are pleased to have a number of new studio artist faculty. Relevant information is on our faculty page.
As the new academic year begins, we are again excited about upcoming performances, new collaborations in Latin America as well as locally, visiting artists, and emerging new curriculum and learning opportunities for our students. Please check out our upcoming events below and our full calendar of events. We’d love to see you and catch up at any of our public events this year.
We are very excited to have a large role in Homecoming 2018. I hope you will come back to campus to support and enjoy performances from the Augsburg Jazz as well as all four choirs (Riverside Singers, Cedar Singers, Masterworks Chorale and the Augsburg Choir) at the Choral Showcase.
As Ray Charles is said to have once noted, “I was born with music inside me.” Our faculty, staff, and students at Augsburg live out Charles’s quote throughout every day and often well into the nighttime hours. Music is their passion and their motivation. Please join us as you are able to experience the meaningful work they are doing!
Consulting Head for Music Studies
THE AUGSBURG PODCAST
The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff and is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Two episodes feature Music Faculty! Continue reading “OCCASIONAL UPDATES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, SEPTEMBER 2018”
Volume I, Number 3 – May 24, 2018
JOHN N. SCHWARTZ PROFESSORSHIP IN CHORAL LEADERSHIP
Augsburg University and the Department of Music are pleased to announce that Kristina Boerger, DMA, has been appointed the inaugural John N. Schwartz Professor of Choral Leadership and Conducting. The search generated nearly 100 applicants nationally and internationally, and a 10-person committee of music faculty, community members, and university representatives, along with Provost Kaivola and President Pribbenow, made the final selection.
Kristina holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Illinois, has worked in public school, collegiate, and professional settings, and spent many years working in New York City, where her work received very favorable reviews in the New York Times. In addition to conducting, she is an excellent singer as well, having performed with numerous outstanding groups as a chorister and soloist. She has founded choirs and is deeply committed to the values of inclusion, access, and equity, music of diverse cultures, and commissioning original works. She has collaborated with leading composers and with artists in other art forms in creatively advancing the field of choral study and performance.
We are grateful to alumni and community members who attended Kristina’s public presentation on campus, to those who offered advice and feedback on the search, and to all those who have invested so generously in this professorship, particularly John N. Schwartz, ’67, whose name it reflects.
Volume I, Number 2 – March 1, 2018
Dear Music Alumni and Friends,
It is a busy season of recitals, concerts, guest artist and speaker visits, and, of course, ongoing classes in the Music Department. As I write, we are moving toward finalizing our national search for the Schwartz Choral Leadership position and the Music, Media, and Management position. Rafael Rodriguez (orchestra and jazz) has hosted guest artists from Latin America as well as a festival for high school students; Brian Lukasavitz (music business) is bringing Dessa and the New Standards to campus; we experienced our first “jazz brunch” during a chapel in January; we held two Music Exploration days for prospective students. More items of interest are included in this edition of Updates.
We are grateful for your interest, support, and enthusiasm for the work of the Music Department, and hope you can arrange to attend events (see our website calendar). As always, we value your recommendation to prospective students to consider Augsburg for music studies and participation.
With best wishes,
Consulting chair for music studies Continue reading “Occasional Updates from the Music Department, March 2018”
Volume I, No. 1 – November 2017
A Warm Welcome
It is an exciting time for Augsburg University’s Department of Music. Welcome to this first Occasional Updates email that will help keep you informed about music at Augsburg. You are receiving this because you are a graduate, former student, faculty member, or friend of music at Augsburg. Should you wish not to receive these occasional updates, please unsubscribe using the button at the bottom of this email.
Our goal is to highlight happenings and people in the department and to guide you toward further information regarding performances and other opportunities to engage with Augsburg’s music faculty and students. Please know that we are delighted to hear from alumni and community members any time and we invite you to attend any and all music events that fit into your schedule. Continue reading “Occasional Updates from the Music Department, November 2017”