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The Gustavus Choir

Repertoire for Italy 2011

Hodie, Christus Natus Est…….Giovanni Palestrina; Crucifixus…….Antonio Lotti; Ich aber bin elend….Johannes Brahms; Helig……Felix Mendelssohn; Vidi Aquam….Gregorian Melody, arr. Paul Christiansen; The Spheres……..Ola Gjeilo; Illumina le tenebre…..Joan Szymko; My Heart Is Longing to Praise My Saviour….Norwegian Folk Melody, arr. Leland Sateren; How Can I Keep From Singing….Robert Lowry, arr. Z. Randall Stroope; Great Day……..African/American Spiritual, arr. Carol Barnett; The Morning Trumpet…..Sacred Harp Melody, arr. J. H. Wood Homeward Bound…..arr. Jay Althouse; Praise to the Lord….German Chorale, arr. F. Melius Christiansen.

The Gustavus Choir: A Commitment to Musical Excellence

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and sited on a 250-acre campus in the historic river town of St. Peter, Minnesota, 70 miles southwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since its founding in 1862, it has valued its Swedish and Lutheran heritages. The College has developed a distinguished academic reputation, earning Phi Beta Kappa recognition in 1983.  The importance of music in the College’s undergraduate curriculum has long been recognized. Nearly half of its more than 2,500 students—majors and non-majors alike—register for courses in the theory, history, appreciation, pedagogy, and performance of music each year and participate in some 30 performing ensembles, five of which tour regularly.  The College’s Department of Music is housed in the Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The center’s music wing features the 475-seat Jussi Björling Recital Hall; a fully computerized music lab for students in music theory, composing/arranging, and class piano; class and rehearsal rooms; 30 private practice rooms; and the Lund Music Library, which contains more than 20,000 music recordings, 45,000 scores and anthologies, a music reference section, and listening equipment.

Now in its 79th year, the Gustavus Choir is one of six choirs in an active and highly integrated choral program at the College. The choir rehearses daily, and many of the singers also study voice with one of six applied voice teachers in the music department. Under the leadership of Professor Gregory Aune, the choir has toured extensively throughout the continental United States, and internationally in South Africa and Italy. In January 2007, the choir spent three weeks touring and performing in Spain and Portugal. In recent years the choir has commissioned and premiered new choral compositions by Steve Heitzeg, Jaakko Mäntyärvi, Imant Raminsch, Stephen Paulus, Kenneth Jennings, and David Cherwien. The students who sing in the choir represent a broad spectrum of life and academic interests, but share a common passion for the choral experience.


Associate Professor of Music Gregory J. Aune is in his sixteenth year as conductor of the Gustavus Choir. At Gustavus, he leads not only the College’s touring choral ensemble but also the Chamber Singers and St. Ansgar’s Chorus (a men’s chorus), also teaching classes in conducting and choral literature and serving as music director of the annual Christmas in Christ Chapel program. Choirs under his direction have twice appeared at conventions of the Kansas Music Educators Association and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.   A 1976 graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, he holds graduate degrees from the University of Iowa including a D.M.A. awarded in 1987. His postgraduate experiences include study and performance with the Robert Shaw Choral Institute sponsored by Carnegie Hall, New York.   Aune also has an extensive resume conducting choral and orchestral masterworks and orchestral literature. This list includes multiple performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the Mozart Requiem, and Brahms’s German Requiem. He has conducted symphonies and orchestral works of Brahms’, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Weber, and concertos of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Tschaikowsky, Prokofiev, Bruch, Saint-Saens, and Mozart. In addition to his work at Gustavus, Aune serves as Sanctuary Choir director at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

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