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42nd Annual Advent Vespers Festivities

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42nd Annual ADVENT VESPERS
A Free, Virtual Service | Friday, December 3, 2021 – 7 p.m. CST

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ABOUT

For more than four decades, Augsburg University has ushered in the Advent and Christmas seasons with Advent Vespers, a magnificent experience of music and liturgy, focusing on the theme of preparation and building up to the joyful celebration of the Incarnation.

Due to COVID-19, we invite you to join us for a series of events throughout the week culminating on Friday evening with the 2021 Advent Vespers virtual service, “Angel Voices, Again Now Sing.”

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Emily Duesing ’20, artist

SUPPORT US

In this holy season, you are invited to support the efforts embodied in this year’s Augsburg Advent Vespers:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Find all links at augsburg.edu/music/vespers

Nov. 23 – Advent Vespers Daily Devotional Booklet Released

Nov. 29 – Virtual Advent Vespers – Watch Page NOW LIVE
Set a reminder & share the link with family & friends!!

Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m. – Chapel Service
Lessons and Carols Service (video)
In-person, Hoversten Chapel

Dec. 1 at 10:40 a.m. – Chapel Service
President Paul Pribbenow: The Advent of God’s Time (video)
In-person, Hoversten Chapel

Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Augsburg Campus Community Watch Party

Come together to celebrate the Virtual Advent Vespers Premiere as an Auggie Community on Friday, December 3!

  • Open to Augsburg Students, Faculty & Staff
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided
  • Free, RSVP today!
  • We invite you to donate an item to the Augsburg-Central Health Commons – Details & suggestions are included with the RSVP link

Questions? Contact us at vespers@augsbur​g.edu or 612-330-1732

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!”

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”