Gustavus Music Ensemble Tours

Current Tours

The Gustavus Choir 

The Gustavus Choir plans to tour nationally down the West Coast during the week following the 2022 Commencement. The ensemble will start in Seattle, WA and end in Los Angeles, CA. Gustavus Choir students will perform in and churches in Washington, Oregon, and California. Their current performance itinerary is as follows. 

***All concerts are free and open to the public***

  • Thursday, May 19 @ 7:30p.m. | HOME CONCERT | Christ Chapel | Gustavus Adolphus College | Saint Peter, MN
  • Monday, May 23 @ 8:00p.m. | St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral | 1245 10th Ave. E, Seattle, WA
  • Tuesday, May 24 @ 7:00p.m. | Trinity Episcopal Cathedral | 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland, OR
  • Wednesday, May 25 @ 7:00p.m. | First United Methodist Church | 1376 Olive St., Eugene, OR
  • Friday, May 27 @ 7:00p.m. | Grace Lutheran Church | 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA
  • Saturday, May 28 @ 7:30p.m. | Trinity Lutheran Church & School| 4783 W 130th St., Hawthorne, CA

The Gustavus Jazz Ensemble

The Gustavus Jazz Ensemble plans to tour around Minnesota over the 2022 Spring Break. Students will perform in multiple schools around Minnesota and work with high school and middle school students in jazz masterclasses, side by side rehearsals, large group sectionals and combined concerts. Their current performance itinerary is as follows. A more detailed version is avaible on their individual touring page.

  • Saturday, March 19 @ 1:00p.m. | Crooners Supper Club | 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
    • Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here through Crooners 
  • Monday, March 21 @ 7:00p.m. | Hastings High School | 200 General Sieben Dr, Hastings, MN 55033
  • Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:00p.m. | Waconia Middle School | 1400 Community Dr, Waconia, MN 55387
  • Wednesday, March 23 @ 7:00p.m. | Duluth East High School | 301 N 40th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55804
    • Tickets are $5 and should be purchased here through Duluth East's website
  • Thursday, March 24 @ 7:00p.m. | Monticello High School | 5225 School Blvd. Monticello, MN 55362
  • Friday, March 25 @ 8:00p.m. | Jazz Central Studios | 407 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    • *Tickets are $10 and should be purchased in advance here through Jazz Central Studios
    • *This performance will also be livestreamed on the Jazz Central Studios website
  • Saturday, April 2 @ 1:30p.m. | HOME CONCERT featuring Adolphus Jazz Ensemble | Jussi Björling Recital Hall | Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN 56082

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra has cancelled their international tour to Spain and France due to rising cases of COVID-19 abroad. GWO will still tour around Minnesota over Touring Week, perform their home concert and perform at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic. All concerts EXCEPT MMEA are free and open to the public. To attend the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic you need to purchase a ticked through the MMEA website. Their current tour itinerary is as follows: 

  • Thursday, January 27 @ 7:30p.m. | Northgate Church | Ramsey, MN
  • Friday, January 28 @ 7:30p.m. | Monticello High School Auditorium | Monticello, MN
  • Monday, January 31 @ 7:00p.m. | TriCity United High School Performing Arts Center | Montgomery, MN
  • Tuesday, February 1 @ 4:00p.m. | Springfield High School Auditorium | Springfield, MN
  • Saturday, February 12 @ 7:30p.m. | HOME CONCERT | Christ Chapel | Gustavus Adolphus College | Saint Peter, MN
  • Friday, February 18 @ 6:45p.m. | MMEA Midwinter Clinic | MPLS Convention Center - Main Ballroom 

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will tour locally over the 2021 Fall Break. Staying within the state of Minnesota the ensemble will perform at schools and churches in Rochester, Chatfield and Osseo. Their current tour itinerary is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 3:00 p.m | Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN
Sunday, October 24 @ 3:00 p.m. | Chatfield Center for the Arts, Chatfield, MN
Monday, October 25 @ 7:00 p.m. | Rochester Mayo High School, Rochester, MN
Tuesday, October 26 @ 7:00 p.m. | Osseo High School, Osseo, MN

Previous 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:

2020: Malaysia and Singapore ~ The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble

Program cover of 2020 Gustavus Symphony & Gustavus Jazz Band International Tour to Singapore and Malaysia

2019: Music Capitals of Europe ~ The Gustavus Choir

Program cover for 2019 Gustavus Choir international tour

2018: Sweden and Norway ~ The Gustavus Wind Orchestra

GWO Sweden and Norway

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

GSO GJazz 2016

2015: United Kingdom and France ~ The Gustavus Choir

G Choir UK France


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.