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Choirs at Augustana

Ascension Singers

Michael Zemek, conductor
W 5-6 p.m. Sundays 9:30-11:30 a.m. (up to 5 times per term) Course section MUEN102.

A mixed ensemble comprised of students selected from Wennerberg and Cantilena Augustana. Students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of choral music through study and performance of a varied repertoire of choral literature. The group will primarily sing in on-campus concerts as well as services sponsored by Campus Ministries. Does not meet scholarship participation requirement.

Augustana Choir

Jon Hurty, conductor
M/W 4-5:15 p.m., T/Th 4:30-5:45 p.m., and M 7:30-9:30 p.m. Course section MUEN100

This highly select mixed ensemble performs a wide variety of music in major concerts, special events and on tour. The choir has released a number of recordings, and has performed on commercial and public radio and network television. The Augustana Choir requires a high level of musicianship and a serious time commitment. Students from any academic field may audition. The choir rehearses daily, and gives as many as 20 performances each year. Students in the Augustana Choir also participate in the Handel Oratorio Society.

Augustana Chamber Singers

Jon Hurty, conductor
Tu/Th 3:30-4:30 p.m. Course section MUEN101

A select small ensemble that performs primarily a cappella chamber works from madrigals to vocal jazz. Performances include a traditional Lessons and Carols program in December and a concert in the spring as well as campus and community events throughout the year. Does not meet scholarship participation requirement.

Cantilena Augustana

Sonja Hurty, conductor
Tu/Th 4:30-5:30 p.m. Course section MUEN110

An ensemble for first-year and returning women who want to sing for enjoyment and an enhanced appreciation of choral music. The ensemble develops musical skills and proper singing techniques while exploring choral literature from various time periods and cultures. The group sings each term in an on-campus concert and periodically in chapel and other off-campus events. The ensemble meets twice a week for an hour.

Handel Oratorio Society

Jon Hurty, conductor
M 7:30-9:30 p.m. Not for credit

Since the turn of the century the Society has performed Messiah each Christmas. The annual spring oratorio explores the riches of the choral-orchestral literature. The musicians of the Handel Oratorio Society include Quad City community members, Augustana students, the Augustana Choir, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra and invited soloists. Any Augustana College student may sing with the Oratorio Society. Messiah rehearsals begin on the first Monday of October. More information is available from Jon Hurty or at the first rehearsal. Does not meet scholarship participation requirement.

Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble

Michael Zemek, conductor
Tu/Th 4:30-5:20 p.m. and W 4:00-4:50 p.m. Course section MUEN106

This select women’s ensemble is for the singer who wishes to develop advanced choral skills. Participation in Jenny Lind allows singers to gain a better understanding and appreciation of various styles of choral music composed for women’s chorus, from Medieval chant to works from the 20th century. The ensemble performs concerts on campus each term and several campus and community events.

Wennerberg Men’s Chorus

Howard Eckdahl, conductor
Tu/Th 5:30-6:30 p.m. Course section MUEN111

An ensemble for first year and returning men who want to sing for enjoyment and an enhanced appreciation of choral music. The ensemble develops musical skills and proper singing techniques while exploring choral literature from various time periods and cultures. The group sings each term in an on-campus concert and periodically in chapel and other off-campus events. The ensemble meets twice a week for an hour.

Contact information:

Jon Hurty, director of Choral Activities (309)794-7233; jonhurty@augustana.edu

Howard Eckdahl, (309) 794-7803; howardeckdahl@augustana.edu

Sonja Hurty, (309) 794-7804; sonjahurty@augustana.edu

Keith Hampton, keithhampton@augustana.edu

Larry Peterson, (309) 794-7836; larrypeterson@augustana.edu

Michael Zemek, (309)794- 7656; michaelzemek@augustana.edu