Student & Professional Organizations

The MDSC is made up of two representatives from each of the sophomore, junior and senior classes of music majors. It serves as the liaison between students and Music Department faculty and administration. In addition, it sponsors several social events each year.  Contact any of the representatives with your ideas, questions, and concerns.

Senior Representatives
Mariana Rogan – ’24             Henry Vermeer – ’24

Junior Representatives
Hannah Leiseth ’25           Alice Ryan ‘25            Mars Dall ‘25

Sophomore Representatives
Josie Scozzari ’26                Andrew Kramer ’26

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Student Organizations – see below for student-run music ensembles.

Professional Student Music Organizations

Class of 2022
Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL)

Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL)

Pi Kappa Lambda is an honor society recognizing outstanding accomplishment in music. The Beta Delta chapter was founded at St. Olaf College in April 1964. Music faculty, and junior and senior students majoring in music are eligible for membership. The Music Department pays the one-time membership fee.

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The St. Olaf student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association is part of a national organization that works to connect music educators, choral directors, composers, and other choral music enthusiasts via conferences, topic meetings, workshops and masterclasses, as well as social events. With a student membership, future directors and educators can explore the benefits and resources of membership to a professional choral organization while still in college. Meetings are usually monthly, dates/times TBD by group. New members can join by emailing or coming to a meeting! All are welcome! Insta: @stolaf_acda Facebook: St. Olaf ACDA Student Chapter Sign up for our alias on Instagram! Faculty Advisors: Anton Armstrong (x3183) and Therees Hibbard (x3187)

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)

Faculty Advisor: Leigh Ann Garner (x3190) The Music Educators’ National Conference is a voluntary, nonprofit organization representing all phases of music education in schools, colleges, universities, and teacher-education institutions. Active MENC membership is open to all persons engaged in music teaching or other music educational work. Look for the posters and announcements about becoming a part of MENC.

Elementary Conductor
National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS)

National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS)

Faculty Advisor: Dale Kruse (x3931) The St. Olaf Student NATS Chapter (National Association of Teachers of Singing) is intended to increase and enhance a student’s knowledge and understanding of singing, pedagogy, vocal science, literature, and artistry, and to stimulate discussions that will benefit future singers and teachers of singing. Membership dues are required.

Student-Run Music Ensembles

Agnes A Cappella

Agnes A Cappella is St. Olaf’s treble-voiced a cappella music ensemble. Comprised of 12 upperclass soprano and alto singers, we perform a variety of repertoire from pop, rock, indie, R&B, and jazz genres.

Rehearsals: Usually 3 hours per week equally split between a weeknight and a weekend.
Performances: 1 per semester.
Social Media:  Instagram

New members are chosen through an audition process during the Spring semester. Contact Hannah Paulson ( for more information.

Faculty Advisor: Karen Wilkerson

The Christiansen Choir

A community of student choristers dedicated to performing and preserving the works of F. Melius Christiansen and the St. Olaf choral tradition.

Rehearsals: TBD, one hour per week during the spring.
Performances: We have one concert every spring, where the choir performs a larger motet accompanied by other smaller works.
Social Media:  Website, Instagram, YouTube

New members join by filling out the form linked on our website.  Contact Thomas McCarthy for more information.

Faculty Advisor: Anton Armstrong

Hill Harmonics

We are an all voice-part a cappella group who sings popular music. We arrange almost all of the songs we feature at our performances.

Rehearsals:  Wednesdays, 8:30-10, and Sundays, 4-5:30, in HOM 111
Performances:   1-2 performances each semester, with a concert in the Pause and a smaller holiday-themed event.
Social Media:  Facebook or Instagram.

Auditions are at the start of the fall semester, in the middle of September.  Contact Jaclyn Duellman for more information.

Faculty Advisor: Louis Epstein

The Limestones

Limestones A Capella is a tenor/bass ensemble founded at St. Olaf in 1989. We are the oldest a capella group on campus, known for singing and arranging pop/country music styles.

Rehearsals: 3 hours per week, usually in three 1-hour rehearsals in Ytterboe Lounge or HOM usually
Performances: We perform our Fall and Spring concerts on the Lion’s Pause Mane Stage, and usually try to do other gigs around town campus and the Northfield community as well (ex., Winter Walk, Armory)
Social Media:  Twitter, Instagram, website

We usually have auditions in the spring semester, before summer break. The group doesn’t have a specific size limit. Contact Tommy Krueger for more information.

Staff Advisor: Brandon Cash

Ole Ave Vocal Jazz

Ole Ave Vocal Jazz is a 12-member vocal ensemble comprised of various majors and class years, that performs a range of music, from pieces sung a cappella to pieces accompanied by a jazz combo. Our goal is to share our passion with our surrounding community and hopefully get them swingin’ to the beat!

Rehearsals: Sundays, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Pause; Thursdays, 8-9 p.m. in CHM
Performances: 1 per semester
Social Media:  Instagram

We hold auditions at the beginning of the school year. However, if group members are away on study abroad, for example, we may recruit mid-year. Contact Obsa Kedir for more information.

Faculty Advisor: Therees Hibbard

Spiritus Novus

We are a group of singers dedicated to lifting voices in community and creativity! We sing compositions by St. Olaf students and collaborate with other interdisciplinary artists on campus.

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., in CHM 224
Performances: 1 per semester
Social Media:  Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

We hold auditions at the beginning of each semester. Contact Elijah Culp for more information.

Faculty Advisor: Therees Hibbard

Synergy Musicians’ Collective

Synergy Musicians’ Collective is a completely student-led orchestral-based ensemble committed to creative and collaborative programming, providing opportunities for student composers, conductors, performers, and those interested in arts management opportunities. On every program, the executive board creates a concert experience that includes a student composition premiere, multiple student soloists, and other collaborative artists.

Rehearsals:  Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m., in CHM 140
Performances:  1 per semester
Social Media:  Instagram

There are not auditions for the group, and people can show interest via our interest form at the end of each semester for the following semester.  Contact Aiden Kocian for more information.

Faculty Advisor:  Scott Anderson

St. Olaf Taiko

We are St. Olaf’s student-run Japanese drumming group!  Taiko (太鼓) is a form of Japanese drumming, passed down through oral and visual tradition. St. Olaf Taiko was founded in 2004 and has always been student led.

Rehearsals: Fridays from 5:30-6:20 in CAD Studio 3 and 6:30-7:30 in CHM 140 (the orchestra room); and Sundays from 1-3 in CHM 140.
Performances: One concert per semester. We also perform at multicultural events like Lunar New Year, International Night, etc.
Social Media:  Instagram, YouTube, Website

Members can join at the beginning of the each semester by showing up to rehearsals! No musical experience is necessary – everyone is welcome. Contact Autumn Blackwell or for more information.

Faculty Advisor: Rehanna Kheshgi