More than 60 faculty members make up the Music Department, including many recognized artist-teachers, published authors, commissioned composers, and leading church musicians. They perform nationally and internationally in masterclasses, recitals, and concerts including such prestigious ensembles as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and the Minnesota Opera.
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Professor of Music - Theory and Conducting, Conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra
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Steven Amundson holds degrees from Luther College and Northwestern University, and did further studies at the University of Virginia, the Aspen Music School, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Assistant Professor of Music - Violin
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A graduate of Harvard University, and holds DMA degree and MM in Violin performance from The Juilliard School. Former teachers include Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Ronald Copes, Naoko Tanaka, Lynn Chang and Betty-Jean Hagen.
Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Chair in Music, Professor of Music – Voice and Conducting, Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir
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Dr. Anton Armstrong holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Illinois, and Michigan State University.
Professor of Music – Cello
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He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter’s principal cello teachers include Robert Jamieson, Gary Hoffman, Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
Associate Professor of Music – Theory
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B.Mus. in Music Education from Pacific Union College in 1998, a M.M. in Music Theory from The University of Arizona in 2000, and earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of Oregon in 2005.
Administrative Assistant and Business Accounting Coordinator — Music Organizations
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Christine holds a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on staff with the Music Organizations since 2011.
Professor of Music — Music Librarian
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B.M. from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Minnesota.
Instructor in Music – Collegium Musicum
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Julie Elhard holds degrees from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, Netherlands. Studied with Anneke Pols, Wieland Kuijken and Laurence Dreyfuss.
Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers
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Therees Hiibard holds degrees from Longwood College, Virginia; Colorado State University; and from the University of Oregon School of Music.
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Dennis Johnson holds a degree from Luther College.
Assistant Piano Technician
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Paul Klitzke holds a certification from North Bennet Street School.
Professor of Music - Composition and Conducting, Conductor of the St. Olaf Band
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B.M. composition and a B.A. in music education from St. Olaf College; M.M. trombone performance and a D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Iowa.
Professor of Music - Piano
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B.M. and M.M., Indiana University; D.M.A. University of Minnesota. Teachers have included Gyorgy Sebok, Alfonso Montecino and Bernhard Weiser, and she has studied chamber music with Janos Starker, Joseph Gingold, William Primrose and Franco Gulli.
Director of College Relations for Music Organizations
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Jean Parish, Music Organizations Manager, is responsible for oversight of the St. Olaf Choir activities, Christmas Festival and the Music Organizations Department.