About the Choir
The 70-voice Augsburg Choir, under the direction of Peter Hendrickson, celebrates its 77th anniversary and a long tradition of excellence in choral music. Praised for its high level of musicianship, the ensemble performs a diverse repertoire including compositions by well-known Scandinavian and American composers as well as a wide variety of music from throughout the world. The Augsburg Choir has premiered works by Knut Nystedt, Stephen Paulus, Steve Heitzeg, Carol Barnett, Egil Hovland, and Sigvald Tveit.
The Augsburg Choir's annual Advent Vespers services are regularly broadcast on public radio. In 2004, the 25th anniversary year, Twin Cities Public Television recorded and broadcast Advent Vespers, which was subsequently awarded a Regional Emmy Award. The
choir regularly tours locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to national tours throughout the United States, the choir has toured in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Germany.
The choir upholds the College's history of choral excellence dating back to the early part of this century. While honoring its roots in the Scandinavian Lutheran choral tradition, the Augsburg Choir has developed a generous and free choral sound, performing music from China to Colombia and South Africa to Russia. This choral tradition encompasses not only the mission of Augsburg but also the legacy of noted conductors such as Larry L. Fleming and Leland B. Sateren.