Gustavus Choir to Tour Upper Midwest

Posted on April 4th, 2008 by

The Gustavus Choir will play its home concert on May 3.

The Gustavus Choir will play its home concert on May 3.

The Gustavus Choir, the premier choral ensemble at Gustavus Adolphus College, will embark on a five-day, four-concert tour of the upper Midwest April 23-27.

Now in its 76th year, the Gustavus Choir is one of six choirs in an active and highly integrated choral program at the college. Under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Aune, the choir has toured extensively throughout the continental United States, and internationally in South Africa and Italy. In January 2007, the choir spent three weeks touring and performing in Spain and Portugal. During this year’s tour, the choir will be conducted by Dr. Robert Scholz while Aune is on a leave of absence.

The schedule for this year’s tour is as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 23: Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn., 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 24: St. Paul’s Church, Milwaukee, Wis., 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 26: St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Cary, Ill., 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn., 5 p.m.

In addition to the tour, the Gustavus Choir will also play a home concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Christ Chapel.

The importance of music in the Gustavus undergraduate curriculum has long been recognized. Nearly half of its more than 2,500 students register for courses in theory, history, appreciation, pedagogy, and performance of music each year and participate in some 30 performing ensembles.

The college’s Department of Music is housed in the Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The center’s music wing features the 475-seat Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall; a fully computerized music lab for students in music theory, composing/arranging, and class piano; class and rehearsal rooms; 30 private practice rooms; and the Lund Music Library, which contains more than 20,000 music recordings, 45,000 scores and anthologies, a music reference section, and listening equipment.


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