Gustavus Honor Choir Festival

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 guest artist.

The culminating concert on March 9, 2020 will feature performances by the Gustavus Choir, the Eagan High School Concert Choir under the direction of Jim Cox, selected vocal soloists, and the 125–voice Festival Choir. The concert will take place in the magnificent Christ Chapel, which is regarded as one of the finest venues for choral performances in the region. 

This year we have the great pleasure to welcome nationally renowned composer Dr. Joshua Shank as our artist–in–residence. In 2002, he became the youngest recipient ever of the Raymond W. Brock Composition Award by the American Choral Directors Association. A native of Minnesota, Dr. Shank currently teaches music theory, composition, music history and conducts the Men’s Chorus at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Please consider nominating your deserving students for this special event. If you have any questions about the festival, please contact Dr. Brandon Dean at bdean@gustavus.edu.



Meet our guest choir: the Eagan High School Concert Choir under the direction of Jim Cox.

The Eagan High School Concert Choir is celebrating it’s 30th year and is under the direction of Mr. Jim Cox. Concert Choir has developed a rich tradition of excellence under the direction of past conductors Judy Sagen, Steven Albaugh, and Randy Schafer.

Concert Choir is a 77-voice mixed ensemble comprised of juniors and seniors. Members of the ensemble are high achieving students, many of them participating in AP and CIS courses, athletics, theater, clubs, volunteer organizations, speech, debate and National Honor Society. Concert Choir has been privileged over the years to perform in festivals at UW-Eau Claire and Concordia University-St.Paul, as well as having been chosen to participate in the Cantaré fellowship for Vocal Essence. They have also enjoyed premiering new works from various composers. 

Under the direction of Mr. Jim Cox and Mrs. Amy Jo Cherner, the EHS Vocal Music Department consists of 5 curricular choirs and 5 co-curricular choirs. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an annual musical and ENCORE!, a musical extravaganza accompanied by the jazz band. The EHS program supports a large voice lesson program where over 60 students take private weekly voice lessons. Choir students in 10th-12th grade have the opportunity to tour internationally every three years. Traveling students this March will be visiting and performing in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.