Music and Dance
The Department of Music and the Christ Chapel staff collaborate closely to bring excellent music to the Chapel, and student and faculty musicians help lead worship regularly. This page includes descriptions of the main ensembles associated with the Chapel program, but in addition to those listed, regular performers include the Gustavus Choir, Lucia Singers, woodwind ensembles, string quartets, flute choirs, and musicians for Evening Prayer.
Liturgical dance has frequently been an integral part of the annual celebration of Christmas in Christ Chapel. Recent choreographers have included Sue Gunness, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Jeffrey Peterson, Melissa Rolnick, and Michele Rusinko from the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Annemarie Carlson Drake from the Mankato Ballet Company (2004).
Choir of Christ Chapel
The Choir of Christ Chapel is a large mixed ensemble comprised of 90-100 singers. It draws its repertoire primarily from the fine sacred literature of the mid-eighteenth to twenty-first centuries. In addition to singing for services of Holy Communion on Sundays and daily services throughout the week, this choir participates in Christmas in Christ Chapel and other major choral events on campus. Off campus, this ensemble presents concerts, sings for worship services, and makes an annual spring tour. The Choir of Christ Chapel is conducted by Dr. Brandon Dean.
Christ Chapel Brass
The Christ Chapel Brass, part of the brass chamber music program at Gustavus, consists of the finest student brass musicians on campus. This ensemble, conducted by Steve Wright, offers preludes, postludes, and hymn settings at major services during the semester, performs at Christmas in Christ Chapel, and has a number of off-campus engagements, including occasional full-length recitals throughout the area.
There are two handbell choirs at Gustavus: the Christ Chapel Bells and the Christ Chapel Ringers. Conducted by Chad Winterfeldt, these ensembles rehearse on Tuesday evenings, and each plays for Chapel services three or four times per semester, usually on Wednesday mornings. In addition, the Christ Chapel Ringers also participate in the annual celebration of Christmas in Christ Chapel.