Michael Jorgensen

Faculty

Professor in Music and Music - Vocal

Dr. Michael Jorgensen's latest performances include soloing in February with the St. Peter Choral Society and in the 2018 Christmas in Christ Chapel services.  In May he will serve as the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Gustavus Choir, the Choir of Christ Chapel, and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, conductied by Dr. Greg Aune.  Also in May he will join Dr. James Patrick Miller and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to sing three movements from the second set of Copland's Old American Songs.

In 2015 Jorgensen traveled with his wife Bonnie and musician friends to present the music of Norwegian-American composer Theodora Cormontan (1840-1922) at the National Library of Norway in Oslo, where they donated approximately 140 handwritten original musical scores by Cormontan that they rediscovered in 2011.  They also performed at the KUBEN museum in Cormontan's hometown of Arendal, as well as giving performances at the Ælvespeilet Concert Hall in Porsgrunn with the classical singers Operagutta and at the Western Norway Emigration Centre north of Bergen.  Other venues where the couple have presented Cormontan's music include St. Olaf College; Luther College in Decorah, Iowa; the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis; the Schubert Club in St. Paul; the national convention of the Daughters of Norway in Minneapolis; and the Norwegian-American Historical Association biennial members meeting on the campus of St. Olaf College.  The Jorgensens were also featured in a segment on Theodora Cormontan produced by the PBS station KSMQ for their "Off 90" series.

In many years with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers of Minnesota Jorgensen soloed in world premiere works by composers Francis Grier, Steve Heitzeg, and Libby Larsen, and soloed under conductors John Rutter, Helmuth Rilling, and Nicholas McGegan, as well as singing the solo An die Musik by Schubert on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion.  Jorgensen also sang the first public performance of Dominick Argento's Three Sonnets of Petrarch and soloed in the European premiere of the Stephen Paulus Holocaust oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn.

Michael serves as a Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College where he has taught voice and other music-related courses since 1991.  Michael is retiring at the end of the academic year after 28 years at Gustavus.

Education

D.A. in Vocal Performance, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; M.M. in Vocal Performance, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; B.M. in Vocal Performance, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


Courses Taught

MUS-129 (Voice Class), MUS-248 (Voice), and MUS-348 (Voice)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-248 Voice 42 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-348 Voice 40 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-129 Voice Class 33 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, and 2001/SP
MUS-228 Voice 29 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, and 2000/SP
MUS-150 Collegiate Chorus 14 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
FTS-100 FTS:A-Changin' Times 13 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
MUS-330 Vocal Techniques for Instrumental Majors 13 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
MUS-395 Honors in Performance 5 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2005/SP
MUS-390 Senior Music Capstone 4 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
MUS-130 Diction for Singers 1 2013/SP
MUS-132 Vocal Diction & Lit 1 2009/JN
MUS-110 Opera Live! 1 2006/JN
MUS-268 Career Exploration 1 2005/JN
MUS-108 Classical Song 1 2002/JN
MUS-109 Operetta in America 1 2000/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.