Department of Music

 Fall Colloquium Series Continues...

Voz en Punto will demonstrate the beauty and complexity of Mexican Choral Music on Monday, Nov. 16, 3:30-4:20 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall, folled by a performance at 7:30 PM, Bjorling Recital Hall.

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.

Dr. James Griesheimer, music historian, will present a colloquium on Wed. Nov. 18, 8-9 PM, Room 308

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!