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Race to the Finish Line!

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As student & faculty return from Spring Break, the Music Department is gearing up for a music-filled sprint to the finish line! We look forward to you joining us for these many wonderful performances and events in March & April. (Complete Calendar and Parking Details)


March 23    LIVE Music Visit Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Register online)
March 24    Music Department Convocation, 3-4 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
March 24    Tommy Bieganek, Saxophone Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
March 26    Choral Performance, 7:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
March 27    Faculty Recital: Patricia Kent, Voice, 7 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
March 28    Paul McCoyer, Percussion Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
March 31    Jarabe Mexicano, Music Business Class Visit, 9:40 a.m.
March 31    Jarabe Mexicano, Morning Chapel Worship, 11:30 a.m.
March 31    Jarabe Mexicano, Voice Masterclass, 1:15 p.m., Sateren Auditorium


April 2        Jarabe Mexicano with the Augsburg Orchestra & Choir, 2 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 7        Chris Watkins, Electric Bass Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 7        Bernadette Spray, Voice Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 9        Augsburg Honor Orchestra Festival
April 11      Adam Lietzau, Violin Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 11      Casey Johnson, Viola Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 12      String Quartets by Women Composers, Jamison Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert chat), 8 p.m. (performance), Sateren Auditorium
April 14      Augsburg Orchestra Performance, 7 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 18      Augsburg & NHCC Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 19      Augsburg Jazz & Augsburg Vocal Jazz Concert, 7 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 20      Chamber Music Recital, 4 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 21      String Studio Recital, 4 p.m., Gundale Chapel
April 21      Ana Ortiz, Piano Recital, 5:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 21      Lukas Thomas, Piano Recital, 6:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 21      Kaitlin Cook, Piano Recital, 8 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
April 22      Choral Performance, 7:30 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
April 23-24 Music Therapy Workshop
April 27      Donor Appreciation Event, 5:30 p.m., virtual


May 4         Commencement, 6 p.m., US Bank Stadium

9th-12th Grade Augsburg Honor Orchestra

Image of an Augsburg Student Cello performerAbout the Festival

Welcome students, parents and directors! We are looking forward to an exciting day of music making featuring string students from across the state.

Overview & Important Dates

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Augsburg University
Cost: $20 per selected student
Students: festival includes rehearsals, lunch and late afternoon concert
Parents: join us for the free concert at 3:15 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel
Directors: sit in on rehearsals, attend sectionals, join us for lunch


  • Nominations due, February 25
  • Notifications & music sent, week of March 7

Nominate any current 9-12th grade musician who has skill in performing on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Directors must complete and send the Director Nomination Form by February 25. After nomination forms are reviewed, Augsburg faculty will notify directors, and selected participants will receive music and additional information about the festival.

Festival Host/Director:
Rafael Rodriguez, DMA

Festival Schedule (estimated)

Saturday, April 9, 2022

8:00 a.m., Check in at Foss Center Atrium (entrance on 22nd Ave. S)
8:30 a.m., Rehearsal
10:00 a.m., Break
10:30 a.m.,Rehearsal
12 p.m., Lunch (provided) – Christensen Center Commons
1 p.m., Rehearsal
3 p.m., Break/Prep for concert
3:15 p.m., Concert Begins, Hoversten Chapel in the Foss Center

Festival Repertoire

To be announced soon!


42nd Annual Advent Vespers Festivities

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A Free, Virtual Service | Friday, December 3, 2021 – 7 p.m. CST

Advent Vespers, Virtual Premiere Link - CLICK HERE


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. Continue reading “42nd Annual Advent Vespers Festivities”

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”


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”