The Augustana Orchestra

Augustana student playing in the Orchestra

The Augustana Orchestra is a major ensemble at Augustana. The Orchestra's goal is to provide a comprehensive and valuable training ground for orchestral musicians while producing high quality and exciting musical performances. Auditions for the Augustana Orchestra take place during the first week of classes.

Augustana OrchestraThe history of the Orchestra is filled with experimentation and challenge. Founded in 1922 as a collaborative organization with the growing city of Sioux Falls, the Orchestra became the original South Dakota Symphony. For many years, the focus of Augustana’s orchestral program was within that model until the enrollment at the University grew, as well, which led to a second opportunity for string players and the study of orchestral performance on campus.

The January 2012 concert tour of the Midwest was the first time in many years that the Orchestra performed in concert “on the road,” bringing beautiful music to many people throughout the region. The group will do their first European Residency during the month of January 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The 2014-15 academic year calendar for the ensemble (tentative to change) is:

Spring Semester 2015

Augustana University & Community Orchestra

Augustana University & Community Orchestra

  • Choirs and Orchestra Concert
    • Washington Pavilion
    • Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m.
      • Featuring Concertos/Arias (TBA) and Poulenc’s stunning Gloria with combined choirs

Past Fall Semester 2014

Augustana University & Community Orchestra

Augustana University & Community Orchestra

  • Orchestra Haunt-cert
    • Washington Pavilion
    • Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m.
      • Johann Strauss: Overture to Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
      • Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
      • Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead
      • And many movie favorites, including a medley from Frozen
    • Orchestra members are encouraged to dress in their “Halloween” best, and there will be an instrumental petting zoo.

Augustana Orchestra with Augustana Choirs

  • Augustana Vespers
    • December 5 (7 p.m.), December 6 (3 p.m. & 7 p.m.), December 7 (2 p.m.)
    • St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi (Twin Cities) on December 19 (7:30 p.m.)
      • Stokowski: Traditional Slavic Christmas
      • Vivaldi: Selections from “Winter” from The Four Seasons
      • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (“Pas de Deux”)
      • Other Pieces with Choir (TBA), including arrangements of Carols by Kennedy, Harris, Mannheim Steamroller, etc.