Ensembles at St. Olaf

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St. Olaf Music Ensembles

St. Olaf College is well known for award-winning ensembles. With seven large choirs, two jazz bands, two large concert bands, two full orchestras, and a variety of smaller ensembles, nearly 1/3 of the St. Olaf campus is involved in music on the Hill.

  • Each year, around 500 students participate in the St. Olaf Christmas Festival that is rebroadcast around the country on PBS during the holiday season.
  • Students involved in St. Olaf Band, St. Olaf Choir, and St. Olaf Orchestra tour nationally each year and internationally on a rotating basis.
  • Students in ensembles participate in several on-campus performances throughout the year including Homecoming and Family Weekend, the St. Olaf Orchestra Family Concert, chapel services, Commencement, and more.

students participate in some type of music ensemble while they are at St. Olaf


will participate in choir and/or orchestra during the St. Olaf Christmas Festival.


students will tour nationally with an ensemble.


students participate each semester in chamber ensembles

St. Olaf Music Ensembles

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Chamber Music at St. Olaf

The Music Department offers a variety of chamber groups for students to come together in a smaller more intimate setting. From jazz combos to string quartets to brass quintets to piano trios, our chamber music program has a place for everyone.

Chamber Music

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Every year, over 500 students in five choirs and orchestra come together to present the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is rebroadcast each year on public broadcasting across the nation as part of holiday programming.

St Olaf Christmas Festival