Music

Dr. Nesheim with the Augustana Band and Choir

Augustana College is widely recognized for its tradition of excellence in music. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree with the following majors:

  • Music (Liberal Arts Major)
  • Music Education/Instrumental
  • Music Education/Vocal
  • Music with an emphasis in Sacred Music

The Department of Music offers performance experiences that include international and regional touring, performances in the renowned Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, and the opportunity to perform and learn from nationally known visiting artists.

Large and chamber ensembles are available in vocal and instrumental studies. Choral, band, symphonic, operatic, solo, chamber  and jazz are some of the varied opportunitites for students at Augustana.  Ensembles are open to the whole campus community, and there are more than a dozen performing groups engaging music of all eras and styles.  Keyboard majors rehearse and perform on the highest quality concert pianos and organs.  Class sizes in theory, history, and conducting are purposefully small to enhance learning and class participation.

If you are interested in auditioning for our music ensembles, we welcome you!  First of all, anyone can audition.  You do NOT need to be a music major to be in any of our ensembles.  You do, however, need to come ready to share your musicianship and perform to the best of your ability during your audition. Leave you nerves at home or in your residence hall room — we are eager to meet (and hear) you!   Please see the Music Ensembles page for specific information on the audition process.

Distinguished teachers, talented students, supportive public: these are the people who make the Department of Music at Augustana College a nationally recognized center for musical learning, serving and sharing. A talented faculty of performers, conductors, composers and authors, drawn from the nation's finest conservatories and universities, work to develop the whole person in the context of
 a caring academic community of outstanding students and enthusiastic audiences.

 

Special note:    The Choir and Band are audition-based groups, find out more about Choir auditions and Instrumental auditions.