The Augustana String Quartet
The Augustana String Quartet, a performance group of undergraduate students, debuted a new album of contemporary/pop string quartet music titled "Happy Together." The album is available on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon Music and more.
Recorded in Augustana's Studio 47, the album was made possible due to the facilities and equipment funded by a grant from the Oliver Innovation Fund, which was established following the retirement of former Augustana President Rob Oliver.
"The Oliver Innovation Fund is a unique opportunity for Augustana staff to pursue creative projects to enhance the learning experience of our students," said AU President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. "In turn, we hope these unique experiences inspire students to make meaningful impacts across the globe."
The Augustana String Quartet's album, "Happy Together," features arrangements by student violinist James Schrag and conductor Dr. Peter J. Folliard. The album was recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Folliard. Student performers included James Schrag and Emily Stjernholm on the violins, Nathan Johnson on viola, and Annabelle Lecy on the cello. Instructor and organist Marilyn Schempp lent her talents on one track, as well.
Reflecting on his inspiration to record the album, Dr. Folliard shared, "I believe recording is essential to building a legacy at Augustana. A legacy is important to build attraction to our programs when we show the world what the possibilities are at Augustana. We are here in Sioux Falls but now the world can hear us on platforms available across the globe."