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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


2018-2019 Performances & Events:

Friday, November 9, 2018
10:40 a.m., Augsburg Orchestra, Morning Chapel Service
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Saturday, November 10, 2018
2 p.m., Fall Augsburg Orchestra Performance
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
(11-10, parking permit)

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
Reservations Required (Available beginning October 19 at 12 p.m.)

February 8-10, 2019
Orchestra Retreat

Sunday, February 10, 2019
6:30 p.m., Winter Augsburg Orchestra Performance
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
(2/10 – parking permit)

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Augsburg High School Honor Orchestra
All Day, Hoversten Chapel

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 p.m., Spring Augsburg Orchestra Performance
Location Changed – Sateren Auditorium
(4/9 – parking permit)