The Orchestra Today
There are two orchestral ensembles at Augustana: The Augustana Orchestra and the Augustana University and Community Orchestra.
The Augustana Orchestra is an all-student group of approximately sixty musicians. Its repertoire consists of major works and overtures, as well as traditional, contemporary, and popular literature for the orchestra. Talented music majors and non-majors alike play an active role in the orchestra program while pursuing music as a major or in other academic disciplines. The orchestra is often featured in Recital Hour, Chapel Services, and to promote interest in Augustana’s music program by playing with high school orchestras throughout the region. In October of 2011, the Orchestra partnered with legendary rock band KANSAS as part of the band’s 2011 Collegiate Symphony Tour to raise money for music tour programs. This sold-out event took place in the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. More recently, (April 2019) the Orchestra became the first University Orchestra in the nation to perform "Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish" to enthustiastic audiences.
The Augustana University and Community Orchestra consists of both community and student members with the goal of producing high quality musical performances of orchestral music. The orchestra acts as a training ground for talented students to learn the great orchestral repertoire, as well as the excitement of premiering new works. It also gives talented community members of all ages an ensemble in which they can continue to develop and enjoy their musical skills.
Both orchestras give several concerts each year, and often collaborate with other ensembles and faculty soloists in the Department of Music.