Gustavus Music Ensemble Tours

2019 Tours

The Gustavus Choir 

The Gustavus Choir will be traveling to Vienna, Prague, Berlin, and Stockholm during the 2019 J-Term. Students will experience historically and musically significant sites, perform in breath-taking cathedrals and churches, and witness where some of the most famous classical composers lived, worked, and died. There will also be visits to Bratislava, Dresden, Leipzig, and Wittenberg included in the itinerary.

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & The Gustavus Jazz Ensemble

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and The Gustavus Jazz Ensemble will be traveling together to the Denver, Colo. region during the 2019 Touring Week. Students will perform in schools and churches throughout South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa as part of the tour route. 

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will be traveling throughout the state of Minnesota during the 2019 Spring Break. Students will perform in schools and churches as part of the tour route. 


International Tours

All touring ensembles travel internationally during a four-year cycle. Students enroll in a J-Term class that corresponds with the tour destination. Prior to departure, students spend time in class and in rehearsal, preparing the repertoire for their performances. Tours are typically 14 days in length and always culminate in a home concert after returning back to campus. The international tour experience counts for one of the two required J-Term credits. Past international tours include:

2018: Sweden and Norway
The Gustavus Wind Orchestra

GWO Sweden and Norway



2016: Greece and Macedonia
The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & The Gustavus Jazz Ensemble

GSO GJazz 2016



2015: United Kingdom and France
The Gustavus Choir

G Choir UK France



Mission

The mission of the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is two-fold:

  • to provide a rigorous and innovative music curriculum (Music at Gustavus), and
  • to promote the idea of building a more beautiful world through music (Music from Gustavus)

"Music from Gustavus" represents a commitment to provide unique musical experiences that promote the College as a national liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and broaden the scope and effect of the study of music on campus. This commitment is met by scheduling regional, national, and international performances, often in cooperation with other areas of the College. Music ensemble tours frequently include companion courses to augment the educational experience by focusing on the history and culture of the people and places visited.

Department of Music Touring Philosophy

The tradition of concert touring by the music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College was established as early as 1878 for the musical, artistic and educational benefit of the student members. Concert touring provides an opportunity to perform a concert program numerous times, fostering a deeper artistic understanding and expression of the music. It develops high levels of musical discipline and artistic integrity and allows the musicians to experience a variety of acoustic environments and widely diverse audience and ensemble dynamics.

Concert touring encourages the development of professional attitudes necessary to perform at a consistently high level and provides opportunities to experience diverse cultures, both domestic and international, through the music performed and experiences planned as a part of each tour. Touring teaches interpersonal skills and team building, which come from a variety of shared experiences.

Concert touring reaches beyond the musician and the ensemble, enhancing the public image of the College. The music and the musicians provide a "product of excellence" for the audience and an outreach to the many constituencies of the College, ranging from our alumni, parents, and friends to those persons associated with the College through the offices of Admission, Church Relations, and Advancement. The tours provide an opportunity to develop new relationships and visibility, as well as to reactivate, strengthen, and celebrate existing connections to Gustavus and its students.

Extended domestic and international tours include a unique feature at Gustavus. These tours are combined with a specially designed companion course to provide an interdisciplinary perspective for the students, develop increased cultural awareness, promote a more diverse student body, and build cross-cultural bridges.