Michael Jorgensen


Professor in Music and Music - Vocal

Dr. Michael Jorgensen's latest performances include presentations with Bonnie Jorgensen on the life and music of Norwegian-American composer Theodora Cormontan (1840-1922) at the National Library of Norway in Oslo where they donated over 150 handwritten original musical scores by Cormontan that they rediscovered in 2011.  While at the Library the couple was interviewed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation for a feature on Cormontan that aired nationally a few days later. They also performed at the KUBEN museum in Cormontan's hometown of Arendal, a concert that received front-page notice in the Agderposten newspaper, 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 in Northfield, Minnesota; 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.  Michael and Bonnie have also recently recorded a CD of music by Theodora Cormontan.

In many years as a bass singer 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.

Michael serves as a Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College where he has taught voice and other music-related courses since 1991.


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

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-228Voice292008/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-248Voice282015/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-348Voice262015/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-129Voice Class262015/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-150Collegiate Chorus142002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-330Vocal Techniques for Instrumental Majors112014/SP, 2012/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
FTS-100FTS:A-Changin' Times92014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
MUS-395Honors in Performance52011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2005/SP
MUS-390Senior Music Capstone42010/SP, 2009/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
MUS-130Diction for Singers12013/SP
MUS-132Vocal Diction & Lit12009/JN
MUS-110Opera Live!12006/JN
MUS-268Career Exploration12005/JN
MUS-108Classical Song12002/JN
MUS-109Operetta in America12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.