The Augustana Bands

Band Festival Gala Concert

Event Details


Date: April 5, 2018

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Pavillion, 301 S. Main in downtown Sioux Falls

Ticket Info: Tickets range in price from $15-$20 and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID.

Reserve tickets at washingtonpavilion.org

Augustana Performing and Visual Arts proudly presents the Augustana Bands in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5,  in the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion.

Tickets range in price from $15-$20 and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID. Tickets are available at washingtonpavilion.org.

About the Conductor

Dr. Christopher Unger

Dr. Christopher UngerUnger was named the fifth conductor of the Augustana Band and began his tenure at the University in September 2015. Previously, Unger was the interim director of bands at the University of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment at U.B.C., Dr. Unger served as the assistant conductor of both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. At Eastman, Unger was honoured with the Frederick Fennell Fellowship for Advanced Conducting Study, the Evan Whallon Conducting Award, and the prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. His role at Eastman provided him with the opportunity to act as a producer on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 2013 release on Avie Records titled Stravinsky-Octet/L’Histoire du Soldat. In addition to conducting the wind ensembles, Unger worked with the Brass Guild, the Trumpet Ensemble, and the Graduate Chamber Orchestra. He also was chosen to conduct a featured performance of Imis, by Massimo Luaricella, the 2011/2012 OSSIA International Composition Competition winner, with the Ossia New Music Ensemble.

Prior to his graduate studies, Unger was the instrumental music teacher at G.P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, British Columbia. Under his baton, the instrumental ensembles at Vanier participated in regional and national festivals and received national recognition for their performances at Musicfest Canada. Recently, Unger won the American Prize in Conducting in the Wind Ensemble Division (2013).

Unger’s principal conducting teachers were Dr. Mark Scatterday and Dr. Colleen Richardson. He has attended a number of influential conducting symposiums where he worked with master wind conductors such as Donald Hunsberger, Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz, Michael Haithcock, Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchhoff, Michael Votta, Gary Hill, and Rodney Winther. He maintains professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Conductor’s Guild.

Unger received his D.M.A in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. Additionally, he holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.