The 32nd Annual Björling Music Festival

Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes high school students to campus each year to make music together, learn from college faculty, and experience life as a Gustie. The Björling Music Festival offers several ways to get involved whether you sing, play an instrument, or want to audition to solo with an orchestra. Join us for one or more of these great opportunities to explore Gustavus!


Honor Band

November 3-4, 2019

Centered on creativity in performance and education, the 31st Gustavus Honor Band Festival brings together more than 250 students from 60+ upper Midwest high schools forming two all-state caliber symphonic bands. Join guest artist Dr. Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands at The University of Illinois, along with Dr. James Patrick Miller, Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller, and Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson for two days of rehearsal labs, masterclasses, clinics with faculty, a special concert featuring the Gustavus music ensembles, and a finale concert in Christ Chapel.



Honor Orchestra

November 3-4, 2019

Dr. Justin Knoepfel leads the second annual Gustavus Honor Orchestra with special guest artist Minnesota Orchestra violinist and Gustavus faculty member Peter McGuire. Students will participate in masterclasses and clinics with string faculty from Gustavus, culminating in a festival concert not to be missed. This ensemble is open to string players only.



Jazz Jamboree

March 6, 2020

This immersive educational jazz festival offers high school jazz ensembles from throughout the Midwest the opportunity to perform in Björling Recital Hall, garner constructive feedback from Gustavus faculty and stellar guest clinicians, attend instructional masterclasses with jazz professionals, and hear the award-winning Gustavus Jazz Ensemble live in concert. In tandem with the 50th Anniversary of Jazz at Gustavus, this year's Jamboree culminates in a celebratory evening performance featuring festival director Dave Stamps' new large ensemble comprised of elite Twin Cities musicians and Gustavus faculty/alumni/students playing his Garden of the Carpathians Suite for mixed jazz ensemble with strings.



Honor Choir

March 8-9, 2020

The Gustavus Honor Choir Festival brings together outstanding singers and fine choral repertoire in an exciting two-day experience. Students will refine their musical skills through engaging choir rehearsals, individual voice lessons with supportive college faculty, faculty-led masterclasses, and a special opportunity to interact with a nationally renowned composer. The culminating concert features performances by the Gustavus Choir, an invited high school choir, select vocal soloists, and the 125-voice festival choir.



Concerto Competition

All students grades 9-12 are eligible to audition for the Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Musicians. Five finalists receive a lesson with a Gustavus faculty member and a Björling Music Scholarship should they choose to attend Gustavus. The winner will perform with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Ruth Lin on March 28, 2020 in Björling Recital Hall.




The Windvitational brings three of the regions finest high school wind bands to campus for a relaxed day of workshops, collaboration, and artistry. The Windvitational is designed to be about process and pedagogy as well as performance. Ensembles have the opportunity to work with Gustavus faculty and ensembles. Directors are also given the opportunity to mentor Gustavus music education students during the day.
For more information, please contact Professor James Patrick Miller at