The 35th Annual Björling Music Festival

Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Music welcomes all high school students and directors to our 35th Björling Music Festival. Each day is dedicated to a different ensemble: band, jazz, orchestra, choir, and wind ensemble. There will be many opportunities to work with renowned guest artists, to perform in great venues, and to interact with students and faculty from Gustavus.


Honor Band

November 6 and 7, 2022

Centered on creativity in performance and education, the 34th Gustavus Honor Band Festival brings together more than 250 students from 60+ upper Midwest high schools forming two all-state caliber symphonic bands. Join Dr. James Patrick Miller, Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller, and Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson for a full day of rehearsal labs, masterclasses, clinics with faculty, a special concert featuring the Gustavus music ensembles, and a finale concert in Christ Chapel.



Jazz Jamboree

March 3, 2023

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.



Honor Choir

March 12 and 13, 2023

The Gustavus Honor Choir Festival will bring together outstanding singers and fine choral repertoire in an exciting two-day experience. Students will refine their musical skills through engaging choir rehearsals, faculty-led masterclasses, and a special opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized guest artist. The festival concert will feature performances by the Gustavus Choir, the Chanhassen High School Concert Choir, and the 125–voice Festival Choir.



Honor Handbells

March 18, 2023

The Björling Handbell Festival invites ringers with intermediate/advanced handbell experience to join members of the Gustavus Handbell ensembles for a day of large group ringing, workshops focused on special techniques, plus social and community building activities designed to encourage healthy and artistic ringing in a fun environment. Sessions will be led by Dr. Chad Winterfeldt and members of the Gustavus handbell ensembles.



Honor Orchestra

April 15 and 16, 2023

Dr. Justin Knoepfel leads the 5th annual Gustavus Honors Orchestra, joined by guest artists Dr. Natalia Moiseeva, Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, and Rolf Erdahl. 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.




April 28, 2023

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.