Augustana Observer

Augustana Observer

Augustana Observer

Back on tour: 140 year tradition returns

Back on tour: 140 year tradition returns

Kayla Palliser March 3, 2023

For the first time since spring of 2020, multiple Augustana ensembles are setting off on tour. In March and April, two of Augustana’s choirs will tour the Midwest, and the Symphonic Band will venture...

Dr. Zemek, highest row, giving comments to a presenting student.

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Michael Zemek’s promotion is music to our ears

Kayla Palliser October 29, 2022

When you walk alongside the construction and sealed off rooms of Bergendoff, you will find a door at the far end of the hall. Inside, neatly stacked papers cover most of the available desk space and post-it...

Jon Hurty conducts students during choir practice in Larson Hall.

Singing without masks: How choirs have adapted through the pandemic

Kayla Palliser April 8, 2022

Over the past two years, classrooms have faced changing COVID-19 policies, including social distancing, smaller class sizes and hybrid offerings. However, one activity has faced some of the most extreme...

Augustana religious organizations adapt to COVID-19 regulations

Molly Sweeney October 21, 2020

Religious organizations such as Augie Catholics, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Campus Ministries have all adapted in specific ways to follow Augustana’s COVID-19 guidelines.  Senior Maria...

Bergendoff is in structural treble

Bergendoff is in structural treble

Giselle Barajas March 5, 2020

Augustana’s music building, Bergendoff, has surprisingly withstood the test of time. However, Bergendoff has definitely not aged well, and students have begged for a renovation for years. The Director...

Inclusivity should be uniform

Paige Sheppard September 26, 2019

This year, the Augustana choral department has decided to ditch the old concert uniforms and opt for something more gender-neutral. Just like most vocal ensembles around the United States, Augustana has...

Dr. Sonja Hurty directs the Augustana Concert Chorlae, on Thursday, Sept. 20. Photo by Emma Gannaway.

The Hurtys: The Music Department’s Power Couple

Michelle Quinn September 27, 2018

21 years ago, Director of Choral Activities Jon Hurty and instructor of music Sonja Hurty came to Augustana from California State University Northridge. The Hurtys came to the college due to the choral...

Chamber Singers reprise American Songbook classics

April 10, 2016

Following the success of their previous two concerts, Augustana College will have its third Chamber Singers Spring Matinee this April 17 at 2:00pm in Wallenberg Hall. This year's concert is themed around...

College explores MAP grant coverage options

February 7, 2016

Augustana College is exploring ways to allocate $3.2 million from the college’s budget so that students who haven’t received their state grants can remain in school. A budget impasse in the Illinois...

Chamber Singers to join Grammy-winning artist

April 18, 2015

The upcoming Chamber Singers concert has a new addition this year: a men’s choir festival. On April 19, the group will perform their annual spring concert. The Chamber Singers are directed by Jon Hurty,...

Augustana Choirs join for winter concert

February 6, 2015

The Augustana choirs are joining forces to take a new spin on the traditional winter concert. The winter concert on Saturday will feature four Augustana choirs, Cantilena Augustana, Wennerberg Men’s...

Conductor Jon Hurty directs the Augustana Choir from the College Center Boardroom. The choir had to move its Monday rehearsal due to Bergendoff being closed.
Photo by Ryan Silvola.

Pipe burst closes Bergendoff and Centennial

September 15, 2014

The Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts and Centennial Hall were closed today due to a chilled water line that burst in a mechanical room on Friday night. Vice President Kent Barnds said the burst in Bergendoff...

Load More Stories
Activate Search
Jon Hurty