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🎙️From the Hill to Real Life: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

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The St. Olaf Orchestra had its debut performance at Carnegie Hall — America’s most storied and significant concert hall — on February 2, 2019. Learn what it was like to experience this momentous (and sold-out!) engagement directly from St. Olaf Orchestra alumnus and crowd member Geoff Carlisle ’10; Robert Scholz Endowed Chair of Music, Professor of Music, and Conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra Steve Amundson; and Principal Cellist and President of the St. Olaf Orchestra Sophia Spiegel ’19.

St. Olaf Orchestra on stage at Carnegie Hall
Conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra Steve Amundson takes a selfie with orchies on stage during their concert at Carnegie Hall on February 2, 2019.

This episode is sponsored by the St. Olaf Summer Music Academy. To learn more about our individual programs, visit