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The Augsburg Orchestra

The Augsburg Orchestra was formed by composer Robert Karlén to explore music from every style and period. In addition to pieces from the standard orchestral canon, the Augsburg Orchestra has performed a diverse repertoire that includes settings of Chinese folk songs, Renaissance masses, and jazz standards. The Augsburg Orchestra is conducted by Rafael Rodriquez and students’ performance in the ensemble is enriched by private lessons with Augsburg music faculty, which includes musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The Augsburg Orchestra offers students of any major an opportunity to participate in an orchestral performance ensemble at Augsburg University. Though no competitive audition is required for enrollment, students are asked to perform informal playing demonstrations before joining the ensemble. The ensemble is open to students who play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, violin, viola, cello and bass. Auditions are scheduled the first week of the fall semester or by contacting the conductor.

As members of the Augsburg Orchestra, students:
• strengthen individual musicianship skills and instrumental technique
• develop orchestral ensemble playing skills and strategies for meaningful collaboration
• explore details of the lives and music of the composers whose music is performed by the ensemble
• exercise civic responsibility and apply community engagement skills to connect the music-making process with the Augsburg community and its neighbors


2019-2020 Performances & Events:

Saturday, September 28 at 4 p.m.
Homecoming Collage Concert with the Augsburg Choir, Augsburg Orchestra, and Augsburg Concert Band
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
Open to all!  Reception to follow the performance

Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Augsburg Orchestra & Sax Studio Collage Concert
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m.
Fall Augsburg Orchestra Performance
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Advent Vespers
Friday, December 6 at 5 & 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 at 2 & 5 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Reservations Required (Available beginning in October, date & time to be posted here in fall)

February 16-22, 2020, Schedule TBD
Sesquicentennial Celebration Project – Tienda: An original opera composed by Reinaldo Moya, including The Augsburg Choir & The Augsburg Orchestra, Hoversten Chapel

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Augsburg High School Honor Orchestra
All Day, Hoversten Chapel

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. – CANCELED
Joint Augsburg Orchestra and Augsburg Jazz Performance
Hoversten Chapel