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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

Beginning Nov. 29, Links Go Live - HERE

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
Advent Vespers: Lessons and Carols Service
In-person, Hoversten Chapel

Dec. 1 at 10:40 a.m. – Chapel Service
President Paul Pribbenow: The Advent of God’s Time
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

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 26, 2022 – 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”

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”

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”

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”

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.
Continue reading “OCCASIONAL UPDATES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, APRIL 2020”

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”