Inspired by the conviction that music is a divine gift, the St. Olaf College Music Department devotes itself to the cultivation of this gift in the lives of its students and in the broader community. We dedicate ourselves to creating an educational experience that unites the artistic standards of a professional program with the intellectual rigors and academic breadth of the liberal arts in an environment of free, creative and critical inquiry. Through music we affirm the college’s mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
The Music Department offers extensive opportunities to explore, practice and celebrate the musician’s art with an ongoing commitment to a distinctive ensemble program, excellent individualized instruction and a comprehensive undergraduate music curriculum. We honor St. Olaf’s rich heritage spanning more than a century of international artistry and scholarship and will continue to cultivate a spirit of exploration and innovation, seeking and celebrating the transcendent and transforming power of music.