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The arts at Augustana

Augustana students dwell in creative possibilities. In this community of artisans you’ll meet students who create visual art, make films, write poetry or fiction, take the spotlight or work behind the scenes.

You might be surprised to find that you don’t have to major in the arts to join in. Non-majors have the same opportunities to participate, perform, earn scholarships and even travel the world.

The impact you make is up to you. Find your people and take the first step toward making your passion your profession.

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Arts news

Ernesto Estigarribia

Paraguayan conductor joining Augustana this fall

Augustana College has appointed Paraguayan conductor Ernesto Estigarribia as assistant professor and director of orchestral activities, beginning this fall.

Julie Hamann

Making music in new Bergendoff spaces

Phase I of the three-phase Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts re-creation is complete. Julie Hamann ’82 Elliott was a lead supporter of the project. On May 12, she performed a piano and voice recital for family and friends in Hamann Concert Hall.

Dr. Robert Istad ’98

What happens after you win a Grammy?

Ask Dr. Robert Istad ’98, part of the group of musicians who won this year’s Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. A lot happened after that.

Quad City Symphony Orchestra: 'Ode to Joy'

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will feature Jonathan Bailey Holland’s "Ode" and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, featuring a full chorus led by Dr. Jon Hurty, Augustana professor of music.

Swedish music and poetry: 'Irrbloss' (Will-o’-the-Wisp)

Swedish folk musicians will present the poetry of Signe Aurell (1889-1975), a Swedish immigrant and labor activist. 

Augustana Symphonic Band concert

The Augustana Symphonic Band will perform, directed by Dr. James Lambrecht.