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Augsburg 9th–10th Grade Honor Band

Thank you to students and directors for participating in the 2023 honor band festival. Check out the concert recordings and we’ll see you again in February!

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About the Festival

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Cost: $40 per selected student
Parents: Join us for the free concert at 3 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel
Directors: Sit in on rehearsals, attend sectionals, and join us for lunch
Highlights include:

  • Honor Band Rehearsals
  • Sectionals with Augsburg faculty
  • Lunch for students and directors
  • Free afternoon concert

Overview & Important Dates

The Augsburg University Music Department is excited to welcome another group of young musicians back to campus for a day of music-making. Any current 9th or 10th grade musician who has skill in performing on a band instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion, or double bass) is eligible to be nominated for the festival by their band director. After nomination forms are reviewed, the Augsburg faculty will notify directors of selected participants and send digital music files and additional information about the festival.

  • Nominations due: December 11, 2023
  • Notifications: December 20, 2023

Nominate Your Students

Festival Host and Honor Band Director:

Dr. Charles Weise

Festival Schedule (approximate)

8:30 a.m.   –  Registration, Hoversten Chapel Atrium, Foss Center (entrance on 22nd Ave. S)
8:45 a.m.   –  Percussion sectional
9:15 a.m.   –  Rehearsal
10:45 a.m. –  Sectionals with Augsburg faculty
11:30 a.m. –  Lunch
12:15 p.m. –  Rehearsal
1:15 p.m.   –  “What is college?” chat
1:45 p.m.   –  Rehearsal
3:00 p.m.   –  Concert Begins, Hoversten Chapel in Foss Center

Additional Information & Requirements

Where does the honor band take place?
All festival activities will be in either Foss Center or Anderson Music Hall on Augsburg University’s campus. Lunch will be provided to students at The Commons, our campus dining hall.

Do I need a permit to park on campus?
Permits are not required to park in Lot L on the day of the festival. All other lots are unavailable for guest parking. Campus maps have been included below, and more Parking Information for music events can be found with the music department’s events calendar. Street parking is also available around campus and is monitored by the city of Minneapolis.

Where should I drop my student off for the day?
The best student drop off location is the intersection of 22nd Ave and S 7th St, on the east side of 22nd. Registration will be located in the Foss Center atrium.


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 

More About:
Erika Svanoe
Augsburg Concert Band

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 

More About:
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”

9th & 10th Grade Augsburg Honor Band

Welcome students, parents and directors! We are looking forward to an exciting day of music making featuring concert band students from the surrounding area.Augsburg Bold image outside of the new Science Building

About the Festival

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 – Augsburg University

Highlights include:

  • Honor Band Rehearsals
  • Master classes with Augsburg faculty and local artists
  • Lunch for students and directors
  • Free afternoon concert
  • A living composer experience with Erika Svanoe and her music for band

Continue reading “9th & 10th Grade Augsburg Honor Band”

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”

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!”