Department of Music

Family Weekend Concert!

Welcome families! Stop by Christ Chapel Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11th at 2:00 to hear five of our premire ensembles in one concert! Included in the Concert are the Gustavus Choir, Gregory Aune, conductor; the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Ruth Lin, conductor, the Choir of Christ Chapel, Brandon Dean, conductor, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor; and the Vasa Wind Orchestra, Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductor.

This event is free and open to the public. This is the only opportunity to hear all these ensembles in one sitting!

Colloquium Series Continues...

Kalevi Kiviniemi, master of the organ, is coming to Christ Chapel to discuss and demonstrate the art of improvisation on Friday, October 16th at 2:00. You will be stunned by the incredible skill of this artist! Also appearing is baritone Jukka Pietilä!

An additional bonus performance will take place that evening at 7:30.

All Music Colloquium events, except for the Met Opera Simulcasts, are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in music, from Gustavus or elsewhere, is welcome! For an overview of the entire series click here.

Welcome Class of 2019

We have an AMAZING class of musicians coming in the Fall, and we cannot wait to get started. The Instrumental Music Assistants will be on hand during orientation to help rent instruments, get lockers, and assist with your auditions. PLEASE let us know if you do not have the audition materials, and no, it is not too late to decide to join a music ensemble!


Music Faculty Win Again

Dr. Chad Winterfeldt wins the Swenson-Bunn Teaching Award for 2015, following Dr. Brandon Dean's win last year. Award-winning faculty, an almost fanatical dedication to excellence and opportunities galore...why go anywhere else?

Music Scholarships

The Jussi Björling Scholarships assists students of merit with their college costs and are renewed annually. Contact Admissions to apply. We will continue to use our electronic audition process, but also offer traditional live auditions upon request.Gustavus leverages various awards to remain competitive even with state institutions. Considering the value of a Gustie education, it is no wonder why so many musicians choose to study here.

So What Will You Do With a Music Degree?

Have a look at our Graduates in Music Booklet. Here you will find inspiration and direction as you consider your options. A Gustavus degree in music offers the discipline, creativity and flexibility for a wide variety of professions. Dr. Rick Orpen explains:

The Graduates in Music Booklet is a first attempt to chronicle the music activities of Gustavus Graduates. It is my intent to include all Music Majors but also those non-majors who continue significant involvement with music (music career, professional ensemble, employed by music organization, etc). I welcome your feedback on your listing (additions, corrections, updates) and any others. I expect I have unintentionally missed some graduates, especially those who were not a major, and I wish to include them. Please pass the word about checking this out. All correspondence concerning the Booklet can be sent to

Looking for something other than the common college music experience?

Christmas in Christ Chapel

At Gustavus, we understand music is the key to unlocking your genius, no matter what your major field of study may be.  We know music has inspired you to achieve great things thus far.  Why not see how far it can take you?

  • World-class professors devoted to you and your goals
  • Small class sizes 
  • Updated technology to fuel your imagination
  • Scholarships for music majors and non-majors alike (more than $500,000 in music scholarships given last year)
  • Ensembles which enable you to perform all over the world
  • The musician-friends you have longed for, ready to explore with you

Come see how we can serve your musical passion by applying online with your iDevice or your Andoid today!