Sample Entries: Do’s and Don’ts

While being concise is important in calendar entries, it’s also important to be clear and accurate about details. The following examples of calendar entries are meant to show what works well … and what doesn’t.


The Fulbright Help Sessions bring together faculty members, Fulbright applicants (must be a senior or alumni in order to attend) and the Fulbright Program Advisor to work on the Fulbright application. If you intend on applying to Fulbright through St. Olaf, it is mandatory that you attend at least one help session during the first week they are offered.


St. Olaf College’s Piper Center for Vocation and Career will host a series of “Fulbright Application Help Sessions” for students applying for the prestigious fellowship.

The sessions bring together faculty members, Fulbright applicants (those attending the help sessions must be a St. Olaf senior or alum), and the Fulbright program advisor to work on the fellowship application.

It is mandatory for students and alumni who plan to apply for a Fulbright through St. Olaf to attend at least one help session during the first week they are offered.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the Department of State and awards more than 1,800 grants to U.S. students every year.

The program operates in more than 140 countries, seeking to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries” and “contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.” Program participants are chosen based on many factors, including leadership potential and academic merit.

St. Olaf College is one of the top producers of Fulbright fellows among liberal arts colleges across the nation.


Come hear more about the Leadership Acceleration Program (LAP) post-graduate job opportunity from Ole alumni and United Health Group – Optum Insight (internal consulting) recruiting representatives!


In this session hosted by the St. Olaf College Piper Center for Vocation and Career, alumni and recruiting representatives with United Health Group-OptumInsight (internal consulting) will provide more information about the company’s Leadership Acceleration Program postgraduate job opportunity.


Spring Concert

The Manitou Singers

Therees Hibbard, director

The Viking Chorus

Mark Stover, director


The Manitou Singers, conducted by Visiting Associate Professor of Music Therees Hibbard, and the Viking Chorus, conducted by Instructor in Music Mark Stover ’01, present a joint spring concert.

The Viking Chorus is a group of more than 80 first-year student men who have been organized to sing the highest quality literature. They perform a program of music that includes motets, cantata movements, and anthems, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, folksongs, and music traditionally associated with men’s singing groups.

The Manitou Singers, comprised of 100 select women’s voices from the first-year class, performs at the opening worship service of the college as well as at various campus functions throughout the year, including the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. With a repertoire that ranges from sacred to secular to popular ballads, the Manitou Singers have broad appeal both on and off campus.


Family Concert: St. Olaf Orchestra
Steven Amundson, conductor


The St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Professor of Music Steven Amundson, presents a family concert.

It is free and open to the public.

The 92-member St. Olaf Orchestra, widely recognized as one the finest undergraduate orchestras in the United States, has been featured on NPR and PBS as well as on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The ensemble, comprised entirely of full-time undergraduate students, has toured annually for nearly 65 years.


Artist in Residence: Pedro de Alcantara

Master class


Artist in Residence Pedro de Alcantara will deliver a master class.

A native of Brazil, de Alcantara earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York’s Purchase College and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. He trained as an Alexander teacher in London and settled in Paris.

He has authored several books on the Alexander Technique, and travels around the world to deliver instruction to musicians of all ages.


CURI project: Laptop Concert


A team of St. Olaf students will present a “Laptop Concert” that they developed this summer through the college’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program.

With the rise of computer generated music in the past 40 years, and the rise in popularity of electronic music, is has become possible to create an orchestra completely out of electronic instruments.

Working with Professor of Music Justin Merritt, St. Olaf students developed and documented a series of tools (small software programs) necessary to create a laptop orchestra. They then trained interested students in the creation of a St. Olaf Laptop Orchestra, and these students programmed their own electronic instruments in ChucK.

This St. Olaf Laptop Orchestra performance is the result of that work. The concert is free and open to the public.


Chapel Choir: Vespers


The St. Olaf Chapel Choir, conducted by Mark Stover, will lead a service of Vespers.

Specializing in the performance of oratorio and larger works, the St. Olaf Chapel Choir frequently collaborates with the St. Olaf Orchestra as well as instrumentalists and soloists from the St. Olaf community.

The Chapel Choir leads a service of Vespers each fall and leads worship for the St. Olaf Student Congregation several Sundays per semester.


Concert: St. Olaf Cantorei

James Bobb, Director


The St. Olaf Cantorei, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music James Bobb, presents a concert.

The St. Olaf Cantorei was established in the 1960s as the Campus Choir to provide opportunities for more students to participate in the St. Olaf choral tradition.

The 100-voice ensemble has become known for creative programming that blends the St. Olaf choral tradition with instrumental color and is uniquely honed and focused to lead worship and provide a distinctive musical and spiritual experience.


Concert: St. Olaf Band

Tim Mahr ’78, Conductor


The St. Olaf Band, conducted by Timothy Mahr ’78, presents its tour home concert.

Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band is an ensemble noted for superb musicianship. Under the leadership of Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band, producing an exciting, crowd-pleasing style.