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The Augsburg Choir

The 34-voice Augsburg Choir, under the direction of Kristina Boerger, celebrates a long tradition of excellence in choral music. Praised for its high level of musicianship, the ensemble performs a diverse repertoire including compositions by well-known Scandinavian and American composers as well as a wide variety of music from throughout the world. The Augsburg Choir has premiered works by Knut Nystedt, Stephen Paulus, Steve Heitzeg, Carol Barnett, Egil Hovland, Kari Tikka, and Sigvald Tveit.

The Augsburg Choir’s annual Advent Vespers services are regularly broadcast on public radio. In 2004, the 25th anniversary year, Twin Cities Public Television recorded and broadcast Advent Vespers, which was subsequently awarded a Regional Emmy Award. The Choir regularly tours locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to national tours throughout the United States, the Choir has toured in Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and China.

The Choir, in it’s 85th year, upholds the University’s history of choral excellence dating back to the early part of this century. While honoring its roots in the Scandinavian Lutheran choral tradition, the Augsburg Choir has developed a generous and free choral sound, performing music from China to Colombia and South Africa to Russia. This choral tradition encompasses not only the mission of Augsburg but also the legacy of noted conductors such as Larry L. Fleming and Leland B. Sateren.


2018-2019 Performances:

Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m.
Homecoming Worship – The Augsburg Choir will participate during worship
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m.
Homecoming – Choral Showcase Concert
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
Open to all!  Reception to follow the performance
A freewill offering will be taken during the performance

> It’s Homecoming, so please allow a generous amount of time for parking, and plan to walk a bit!
> Parking will be available without a permit during Saturday’s events in Lots A, D, and L, and street parking along lot C.
> Please also consider using one of the ramps at the U of MN.  While not free … very convenient!

November 16-18
The Augsburg Choir will perform with the Rose Ensemble during their upcoming season event – Empire, Religion, War, Peace: Music from Europe’s 30-Year Conflict, 1618-1648

    • November 16 – 8 p.m., University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis
    • November 17 – 8 p.m., St Albert the Great Church, 2836 33rd Ave S, Minneapolis
    • November 18 – 3 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 51 7th St W, St Paul
    • Tickets Required for each performance

Advent Vespers
Thursday, November 29, 8 p.m. (Open Dress Rehearsal)
Friday, November 30 at 5 & 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 at 2 & 5 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Reservations Required (Available beginning October 19 at 12 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – 4:30-6 p.m.
Using Kinesthetic Movements to Enhance Your Choral Rehearsal
A choral conductor’s clinic with Richard Bjella
Music Hall, Room M3
RSVP Required, full details

Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 7 p.m.
Harding High School, Joint performance
1540 6th St E, St. Paul, Minn.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – 7 p.m.
Spring Performance
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
(4/23 – parking permit)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 9 & 10:45 a.m.
The Augsburg Choir during morning worship
Wayzata Community Church
125 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, Minn.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 3 p.m.
The Augsburg Choir participates during Baccalaureate
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center



Augsburg University and the Department of Music are pleased to announce that Kristina Boerger, DMA, has been appointed the inaugural John N. Schwartz Professor of Choral Leadership and Conducting. The search generated nearly 100 applicants nationally and internationally, and a 10-person committee of music faculty, community members, and university representatives, along with Provost Kaivola and President Pribbenow, made the final selection.

Kristina holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Illinois, has worked in public school, collegiate, and professional settings, and spent a number of years working in New York City, where her work received very favorable reviews in the New York Times.  In addition to conducting, she is an excellent singer as well, having performed with numerous outstanding groups as a chorister and soloist.  She has founded choirs and is deeply committed to the values of inclusion, access, and equity, musics of diverse cultures, and commissioning original works.  She has collaborated with leading composers and with artists in other art forms in creatively advancing the field of choral study and performance.