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Augustana Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Dr. Daniel Chetel

M, TH 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

The Augustana Symphony Orchestra is a full-size symphonic orchestra of approximately 85 members that has an active and diverse performing schedule throughout the year. The purpose of Augustana Symphony Orchestra is to provide a positive musical and social experience to all who are interested from across the campus community while producing music at the highest level possible. Rehearsals are upbeat and fun, and the repertoire is both varied and challenging. In addition, the ASO aspires to offer a friendly artistic environment that cultivates participation in and advocacy for music on our campus and in our society at large. The ASO typically performs one major program each trimester and participates in Christmas at Augustana in December and the Augustana Music Festival in May. 

2016-2017 Performances

Augustana Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Perspectives on the Americas
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture, MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2, DVORAK Largo from Symphony No. 9, COPLAND Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue  

Amahl and the Night Visitors in collaboration with Opera @ Augustana
Members of the Augustana Symphony Orchestra join Opera @ Augustana for a fully-staged production of Gian Carlo Menotti's delightful holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors in the newly opened Brunner Theatre Center.
November 18, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m.
Brunner Main Stage Theatre, 3750 7th Avenue

Christmas at Augustana
Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue  

Augustana Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert: Through the Wilderness
HUMPERDINCK Act I Prelude to Hansel and Gretel, SMETANA The Moldau from My Country, DVORAK The Golden Spinning Wheel
Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue  

Augustana Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert: The Power of Fate
VERDI Overture to La Forza del Destino, TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture, BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue  

Augustana Music Festival Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue


Auditions are held each fall during the first week of classes.  Students who audition should prepare a piece of their choosing, and be prepared to sight-read from the standard repertory.

You are welcome to contact any of the following people for more information about the Orchestra and String Programs at Augustana:
Daniel Chetel, Director of Orchestral Activities 
Susan Stone, violin
Deborah Dakin, viola/violin
Dortha Dewit, violin
Janina Ehrlich, cello
Patricia Aparecida da Silva, Double Bass
Erin Freund, harp