Dedication of Hamre Recital Hall and Blessing of the Band

Hamre Recital Hall

Within the music wing of the Humanities Center, Hamre Recital Hall (formerly Kresge Recital Hall) was renamed in honor of the benefactors’ parents, Melvin and Ruth Hamre.

Event Details


Date: November 19, 2018

Times: 10 a.m.

Location: Hamre Recital Hall in the Humanities Building on the campus of Augustana.


Our 10 a.m. worship Monday, Nov. 19, will be a dedication of Hamre Recital Hall and a blessing of the Augustana Band before their tour of China in January.

As Pastor Paul Rohde invited, "I hope you agree that it is highly appropriate to begin the week of Thanksgiving with gratitude to all who empower Augustana and its work — specifically now the donors, designers and builders who have made Hamre Recital Hall a spectacular host of the beautiful sounds of our musicians. We will pray and sing our thanks on Monday."

Rohde continued, "Then we will bless the Augustana Band, who will be our ambassadors to China in January. This means we get to hear the band, the saxophone quartet, and commend the student conductors who will be featured on the tour. We want them to know they go with our prayers, encouragement and support."

The Augustana Band, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Unger, will perform.

About Hamre Recital Hall

When the Humanities Center was dedicated in September 1971 at a cost of $2.1 million, it brought together a division that previously had offices and classrooms scattered throughout campus. Dr. Don Fryxell, Shakespeare scholar, fierce proponent of the liberal arts, and former English department and Humanities Division chair, was the central figure in the planning and design of the new building.

Augustana’s goal is to raise $3 million to refurbish the Humanities Center to create a more contemporary, functional and attractive learning environment in the classrooms, studios, performance venue, rehearsal rooms and public spaces. The successful completion of  this effort will result in naming the Humanities Center after Drs. Don and Lucy Fryxell.

The most notable improvements are taking place in the music wing. It included a complete overhaul of the former Kresge Recital Hall that was renamed Hamre Recital Hall in honor of the benefactors’ parents, Melvin and Ruth Hamre. In addition, updates will be made to the lower level practice rooms, the Lillehaug Instrumental Rehearsal Room, named after former music professor and director of bands, Dr. Leland Lillehaug ’51 — and the newly named Winden Choral Rehearsal Room, named for benefactors Art ‘54 and Mary Winden, retired educators whose love for music inspired their gift.