The Tenacious Trombonist

Augustana Trombonist Matt Watt will perform in the Concerto-Aria Concert on April 9, 2017

When junior trombonist Matt Watt was named a 2017 winner of Augustana’s premier Concerto-Aria competition following his auditioned performance of “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra” by Gordon Jacob, people took notice. They noticed his musical talent. But they also noticed something he was missing. Watt was born with a condition called ectrodactyly, a rare limb malformation affecting his hands. Each of his hands has five knuckles, but only one finger. This is his story.

New Annotated Edition by Augustana French Professor Illuminates Classic Fairy Tales

Augustana French Professor Dr. Scott Fish conducted research and provided translations for a new edition of classic fairy tales.

A new edition of "Histoires ou contes du temps passé: contes de ma mère l'Oie by Charles Perrault" ("Tales and Stories of the Past: Mother Goose Tales by Charles Perrault") features an introduction, extensive annotations and a glossary by Augustana's Dr. Scott Fish, associate professor of French. We caught up with Dr. Fish to learn more about the book.

Petersen Named Assistant Director of Bands and Music Education

Dr. Larry Petersen

Dr. Larry Petersen has been named assistant director of bands and music education. In his new role, Petersen will direct the Blue & Gold Band and the Athletic Bands, as well as lead the coordination of the Augustana music teacher education program. 

#GiveLikeAViking Breaks Records

Giving Day at Augustana

Augustana's Giving Day, a 24-hour giving event held on Thursday, March 2, set a single-day Augustana record for most gifts received in a 24-hour period: $135,968 was received from 282 donors. Gifts came in from 33 states and the District of Columbia, with Augustana alumni making up 69 percent of donors.