St. Olaf Student Resources

Teachers and Administration

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your musical health, members of the St. Olaf music faculty may be able to offer you some assistance. These faculty members might include your primary teacher, other applied teachers, ensemble directors or academic professors. Your teachers are here to help you and would be happy to provide assistance if you reach out to them.

Should a serious question or problem arise, you should ensure that your primary teacher is aware of your concern.

The Musician Wellness Committee is comprised of Dr. Katherine Ananda-Owens (piano), Professor Scott Anderson (clarinet), and Dr. Tracey Engleman (voice). Any of these professors may be contacted to address your questions or concerns.

Dr. Feldt and Dr. McWilliams are the Music Department Chairs. As department chairs, they can help address any concerns you may have or point you in the right direction. Their offices are located in HOM 245, the front office of HOM.

The Music Department Student Committee

The Music Department Student Committee is a group of your peers who work with Music Department faculty and administration to improve your musical experience at St. Olaf. As your representatives within the music department, you can contact the student committee with comments, questions or concerns and they can voice your thoughts to the department at large. These students are your advocates in the music department. Make good use of them!

The Music Department Student Committee maintains a bulletin board located by the main entrance to CHM. You can look there for more information, news, or events.

St. Olaf Wellness Center

The St. Olaf Wellness Center is located on the main floor of Buntrock Commons, room 112. The Wellness Center serves as a resource to promote awareness and education on issues relating to healthy lifestyles. Peer Educators who staff the Wellness Center are available to talk with students one-on-one during office hours. Students are encouraged to come in and talk with a Peer Educator on any health related issue. Peer Educators are current students who present approximately 10 programs per month on topics such as chemical health, nutrition, relationships, sexual health and mental health. All students are welcome to attend their programs.

If you experience anxiety regarding performance, workload, injuries, or have any other concerns, Peer Educators may be able to assist you.

For hours and more details, see the website https://wp.stolaf.edu/wellness/.

Health Services

St. Olaf Health Services is located in Tomson Hall 160, and is open regularly from Monday through Friday. The certified nurse practitioner will see you when you go to your appointment. If it proves necessary, the NP can write you a referral for additional services, such as physical therapy, ear or eye exams. You can call 507-786-3069 to schedule an appointment.

For more details, see the website https://wp.stolaf.edu/health/.

Doctors and Physical Therapists

Many musician injuries require the attention of a qualified physical therapist (PT’s). PT’s require a referral from a qualified medical doctor in order to see a patient.

The St. Olaf certified nurse practitioner can give you a referral to a PT. Call 507-786-3069 to schedule an appointment with St. Olaf Health Services. Health Services is located in Tomson Hall 160. There are also several doctors in Northfield who will see St. Olaf students and refer them as appropriate to a physical therapist.

Dr. Ananda-Owens has compiled two lists of local/regional medical doctors and physical therapists who have worked effectively with musicians. Please refer to the “Local doctors” and “Local physical therapists” sections for more information.

Make sure you speak with your parents about finances related to medical insurance and paying for physical therapy and doctor’s visits. St. Olaf makes no recommendation or endorsement as to which doctor or therapist you should see.

Physical Therapy at St. Olaf

Dave Wieber and Ann Dahl of Wieber Physical Therapy are PTs from Faribault who come to Skoglund Center on a weekly basis to work with student athletes and musicians.

You may choose to work with Dave and Ann because they conveniently work out of Skoglund Center (keep in mind that there are other local options for PTs you can consider). Once you have a referral you can call Wieber Physical Therapy at 507-333-2986 to schedule an appointment. For more information, go to https://wieberphysicaltherapy.com.

Earplugs

Earplugs are available for free in dispensers in the Band and Orchestra rooms and around HOM. Practice rooms – especially in HOM – and large ensemble rehearsals can be very loud. You might consider using earplugs to protect your hearing.

Purchasing custom made Musicians Earplugs is also a possibility.

More information can be found in the “Protect Your Hearing” section.

Additional Therapeutic and Somatic Resources

St. Olaf is fortunate to be located so near the Twin Cities, a place that has much to offer musicians concerned about health and wellness. Below is a list of resources that you may be interested in pursuing. St. Olaf does not advocate for or endorse any of these resources but we want to let you know that they are available if you choose to use them. (For more information, please see the “Complementary Practices” section).

Feldenkrais Method

Alexander Technique

Massage Therapy

There are many massage therapists in Northfield and the greater Twin Cities area. You can Google “Massage Therapists” and include a city like “Northfield” or “Minneapolis” in the search to find an option near you.

Recommended Readings

For a list of recommended readings for instrumentalists, please refer to the “Recommended Reading” section.