St. Olaf Orchestra

Sunday January 23, 2022

Recognized nationally and internationally, the 92-member St. Olaf Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest among U.S. liberal arts colleges.  In 2013, the orchestra was named winner of the American Prize for Orchestra Performance among colleges and universities.  Led for four decades by conductor Steven Amundson, the orchestra has pursued a demanding repertoire featuring works rarely performed at the collegiate level. The St. Olaf Orchestra has been featured at national, regional and statewide conventions, and performs each year at the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, which is broadcast on PBS and public radio stations nationwide.

One of the premier ensembles at St. Olaf College, the St. Olaf Orchestra dates back to 1906. Since its tour of the Midwest in 1949, the ensemble has valued sharing its music with audiences beyond campus, both domestically and abroad.  The orchestra has toured in Scandinavia, Europe, China and South America, and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2019.  Steven Amundson took the reins of the ensemble in 1981, and has guided it to new heights of excellence during his forty-year tenure.  His work as a conductor, educator and composer has earned many accolades, including the Minnesota Orchestra Educator of the Year Award from the Minnesota Music Educators Association.  This year marks Amundson’s final year of conducting and teaching at St. Olaf.  He will retire in May 2022.

We are observing current COVID recommendations and requiring audience members to wear masks at our events.