Department of Music

The Gustavus Choir at North-Central ACDA

Greg Aune brings the Gustavus Choir to Des Moines Friday, March 21st. Click this link to sample part of their program:


Congrats, Gustavus Wind Orchestra!

The 2010 Gustavus Wind Orchestra in the Austrian Alps


Douglas Nimmo and his musicians enjoyed another incredible experience in eastern Europe. Learn all about it via the Touring Blog or via Twitter at #GWOtour14.



'14-15 Music Scholarships

Many scholarship awardees will be on campus Saturday, March 1st to celebrate their accomplishments with your future teachers and colleagues. If you want to make music a part of your college life, even if you are not majoring in music, then you ought to apply for this scholarship!

The Jussi Björling Scholarships are now worth between $2,000-$8,000, renewed annually. Click here to download the scholarship. We will continue to use our electronic audition process, but also offer traditional live auditions upon request.

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 offersstudents the 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

Discover More About Your Music via Our Colloquium

Come to a Music Colloquium event, free and open to the public! This unique series of talks or pre-concert lectures focus on anything from opera to jazz and pop. Click here for events coming soon. For an overview of the entire series click here.

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 or with your iPad today!