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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”

Fifth House Ensemble in Residence

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AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY MUSIC

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

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”

ADVENT VESPERS THEME ART BY OLIVIA HOUSE ’20

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: Continue reading “Augsburg Music Exploration Evening”

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ARRANGING SEMINAR

“Introducing the Jazz Orchestra”

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Dates: August 17 – 21, 2020

Hosts: Augsburg University (USA) and University of Costa Rica – Pacific campus (CR)

You are cordially invited to participate in a virtual seminar in which the concept of the “Jazz Orchestra” as a professional ensemble will be presented. In this format, the orchestra will encounter [confront… deal with…] the idiomatic language of North American jazz and the traditional jazz ensemble will rise [accede] to another level of musical expression. Don’t miss out! Continue reading “INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ARRANGING SEMINAR”

INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING SYMPOSIUM

“LEADERSHIP AND THE CONDUCTOR: TWO ASPECTS OF ONE ART”

Dates: July 30 to August 1, 2020

Hosts: Augsburg University (USA) and University of Costa Rica – Pacific campus (CR)

 

conductorsSymposium on the art of leadership and the performance of the well-trained musician as orchestra director. The invited maestros from seven countries will offer workshops (talks) on this theme and the ways in which it manifests in the performance of their work as musical directors.

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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”