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. And in order to protect both the St. Olaf students and our audience, the college is requiring attendees to furnish proof of vaccination and a photo id.

Finally, because of the size of the orchestra we cannot safely accommodate wheelchairs in the main sanctuary.  Wheelchairs will be seated in the Commons with a big screen and open doors so they will experience both the audio and visual concert live.

Thank you for your understanding of these unique requirements for this special concert. If you weren’t able to get a ticket for our event, you may want to consider attending the orchestra’s upcoming performance on April 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. It will be a celebration of Steven Amundson and his 40 years at St. Olaf. Tickets go on sale February 1 on the Minnesota Orchestra’s website.