The 33rd Annual Björling Music Festival

Saturday, March 27 | All Day Event

Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Music welcomes all high school students and directors to our Virtual Bjorling Music Festival! The 2021 virtual festival is replacing our 5, 2020-21 annual festivals which were canceled due to the pandemic. The Virtual Björling Music Festival offers special sessions with our guest artists, mini-classes on performance, conducting, music education, theory, composition, video game/film music, social change, arts administration, and more with our Gustavus Music Faculty, and plenty of opportunities to experience Gustavus Music virtually! Join us virtually this year to learn from our renowned guest artists and Gustavus faculty!

Register for the Festival

Band
Orchestra
Jazz
Choir
Jazz
Windvitational

Featured Guest Artists

Sydney Guillaume

Sydney Guillaume

(choral/vocal)

Lesa Terry

Lesa Terry

(string/jazz)

Omar Thomas

Omar Thomas

(band/jazz)

 

 
2021 Virtual Schedule
Time Event
9:00-9:05 Organ Fanfare and Welcome
9:05-10:00 Session with Omar Thomas - Composition and Blending Jazz and Classical Idioms
10:00-10:30 Q and A with Omar Thomas
10:30-12:30 30-minute Mini-Classes
12:30-1:00 Lunch Break, Gustavus Admissions Welcome/Videos
View the special video content on our BMF Website!
1:30-2:30 Session with Sydney Guillaume - The Music of Haiti
2:30-3:00 Q and A with Sydney Guillaume
3:00-4:00 Session with Lesa Terry - Jazz Strings Masterclass
4:00-4:30 Q and A with Lesa Terry
4:30-5:00 Thank you, Goodbye, and Meet and Greet with the Tour Conductors
5:00 Special Gustavus Music Ensemble Premiere!

MINI-CLASSES with GUSTAVUS MUSIC FACULTY

  • “Women and the Underrepresented Rising to the Podium”, Heidi Johanna Miller
  • Arts Management and Music Industry, Dave Stamps
  • Piano Performance and Collaboration, Esther Wang
  • Auditions for College and Beyond, Karrin Meffert-Nelson
  • Composing and Collaborating with Ensembles, Lexi Bryant
  • Video Game and Film Music, James Patrick Miller
  • Basic Conducting Techniques Crash Course, James Patrick Miller
  • Composing in Different Mediums, Lexi Bryant
  • Majoring in Music at Gustavus - Gustie Student Panel
  • Yoga and Relaxation for Musicians - Anna DeGraff
  • Music and Social Change, Elisabeth Cherland
  • Why is the Organ so Cool? Chad Winterfeldt
  • Music Education at Gustavus, Brandon Dean
  • Performance Anxiety and the Quiet Mind, Yumiko Oshima-Ryan