Nov. 17: Anniversary Celebration of the Augustana Chapel Organ

Event Details

Date: November 16, 2013

Times: 3 p.m.

Location: Chapel of Reconciliation, Augustana College Campus

Join us as we celebrate the history of the Augustana chapel organ at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Chapel of Reconciliation.

The event will feature the work of organist, composer and alumnus Lars Gjerde '02 with composer and scholar Scott Perkins, and will include solo organ pieces, hymn arrangements for organ and brass, and a performance by The Augustana Choir, under the direction of Dr. Paul Nesheim.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and are free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at

About Lars Gjerde

Lars Gjerde, a native of Aure, Norway, earned his doctoral degree in organ performance with Profs. David Higgs and Hans Davidsson at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received a master’s degree and the Sacred Music Diploma. At Eastman, Gjerde studied organ literature with Dr. Hans Davidsson, harpsichord and improvisation with Dr. William Porter, and jazz piano with Prof. Tony Caramia. He taught secondary organ lessons at Eastman and sang alto with the Christ Church ScholaCantorum under Stephen Kennedy.

Gjerde received degrees in music and German from Augustana and the Edvard Grieg Academy of Music (Bergen, Norway), where his organ teachers were Profs. Walter May, Marilyn Schempp, and Karstein Askeland. At Augustana, Lars served as the Chapel Organist, sang with the concert and chamber choirs, and accompanied choral and opera ensembles. He was Organist and Choir Director at First Methodist Church in Bergen, where he also sang with the distinguished Bergen Domkantori under Magnar Mangersnes. He  was a Second National Winner in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Organ Competition, and he earned Honorable Mention in the Reuter/Augustana Arts National Undergraduate Organ Competition. He has won numerous music and academic scholarships. Gjerde has participated in academies and performed around America and Europe, and he has played on the National Public Radio show "Pipedreams." Gjerde is Director of Music at Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, Conn., where he is also chapter dean and regional convention coordinator for the American Guild of Organists. He performs and teaches privately through Encore Music Creations.

This concert  in the Chapel of Reconciliation marks the first opportunity he has had to work with the Choir since his graduation in 2002. 

About Scott Perkins

Connecticut native Scott Perkins enjoys a multifaceted career as an international prizewinning composer, a versatile performer, an award-winning scholar, and a music educator. His music, which has been praised as “dramatic” and “colorful” (The Washington Post), spans numerous genres and styles and has been performed throughout North America and Europe. He has received commissions from such organizations as the Washington National Opera and the American Guild of Organists, and he has collaborated with Tony Award-winning playwrights, Emmy-winning filmmakers, prizewinning poets, and other musical and non-musical artists. He is published by Augsburg Fortress and Encore Music Creations. Devoted particularly to early and new vocal music, Scott has concertized as a tenor throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Scotland, and Norway. He has performed with many professional ensembles as both a vocalist and a conductor, and he is a featured soloist on CDs produced by Bridge Records and Loft Recordings.

Perkins earned his Ph.D. in composition at the Eastman School of Music. He holds master’s degrees in both music theory and music theory pedagogy from Eastman and a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from Boston University. Since 2012, he has been Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University, where he teaches courses in composition, music theory, musicianship, and orchestration. Prior to his appointment at DePauw, he served as a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University, Nazareth College, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.