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GACA Collection 034. Department of Music. Collection of the Department of Music, 1883-Ongoing: Overview

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Music Groups in Collection

  • 4-Tet
  • A Cappella Choir
  • Adolphus I Stage Band
  • Adolphus II Stage Band
  • Adolphus Band
  • Adolphus Jazz Ensemble
  • Affiliate Artists
  • Alumni Band
  • Another Senior and His Friends
  • Band
  • Barefoot Five
  • Baroque Quartet
  • Bassoons, Inc.
  • Bird Combo
  • Birgitta Singers
  • Björling Low Brass Six
  • Björling Winds
  • ​​​​​​​Blue Combo
  • Brass
  • Brass Choir
  • Brass Trio
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Players
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Chamber Singers
  • Chamber Winds
  • Chapel Brass
  • Chapel Choir
  • ​​​​​​​Chapel Winds
  • Choir
  • Choir of Christ Chapel
  • Christ Chapel Bells
  • Christ Chapel Brass
  • Christ Chapel Brass Quintet
  • Christ Chapel Choir
  • Christ Chapel Ringers
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Clarinet Trio
  • College Orchestra
  • Collegiate Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • ​​​​​​​Concert Choir
  • Corda String Quartet
  • Crown Combo
  • Dakota Combo
  • Dizzy Combo
  • Douglas Nimmo Honor Winds
  • Duke Combo
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • El Grillo Octet
  • Encore Wind Ensemble
  • Faculty and Alumni String Quartet
  • Faculty Chamber Orchestra
  • Faculty Chamber Quintet
  • ​​​​​​​Fanfare Brass and Percussion
  • Fem Kvinnor Spelar
  • Fiati Wind Quartet
  • Fiati Winds
  • Flute Choir
  • Flute Trio
  • Folk Ensemble
  • The Four-Fifths Quintet
  • Four Saxos
  • Frederic Hilary Honor Winds
  • Friday Percussion Ensemble
  • Frost (yur-ōn) Combo
  • Fyra
  • Fyra Winds
  • ​​​​​​​G-Sharp
  • Gamma Chorus
  • Green Combo
  • Gustavian Male Chorus
  • Gustavus Adolphus Chapel Choir
  • Gustavus Adolphus Choir
  • Gustavus Adolphus Stage Bands
  • Gustavus Alumni Band
  • Gustavus Band
  • Gustavus Bassoon Quartet
  • Gustavus Brass Choir
  • Gustavus Bronze
  • Gustavus Campus Band
  • ​​​​​​​Gustavus Cello Choir
  • Gustavus Chamber Players
  • Gustavus Chamber Singers
  • Gustavus Chamber Winds
  • Gustavus Choir
  • Gustavus Consort
  • Gustavus Contemporary Music Ensembles
  • Gustavus Disney Bells
  • Gustavus Flute Choir
  • Gustavus Flute Ensemble
  • Gustavus Handbell Sextet
  • Gustavus Honor Band
  • Gustavus Horn Choir
  • Gustavus Jazz Combo
  • ​​​​​​​Gustavus Jazz Ensemble
  • Gustavus Jazz Lab Band
  • Gustavus Jazz Quartet
  • Gustavus Jazz Trio
  • Gustavus Jazzlet
  • Gustavus Jazztet
  • Gustavus Orchestra
  • Gustavus Percussion Ensemble
  • Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Gustavus Sax Quartet
  • Gustavus Saxophone Quartet
  • Gustavus Singers
  • ​​​​​​​Gustavus Stage Band
  • Gustavus String Orchestra
  • Gustavus String Quartets
  • Gustavus Symphonic Ringers
  • Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
  • Gustavus Trombone Choir
  • Gustavus Trombone Quartet
  • Gustavus Trumpet Ensemble
  • Gustavus Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
  • Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Gustavus Wind Dectet
  • Gustavus Wind Orchestra
  • Gustavus Women’s A Cappella
  • ​​​​​​​Gustavus Woodwind Choir
  • Gustavus Woodwind Quartet
  • Gustavus Woodwind Quintet
  • Gustie Winds
  • Handbells
  • Herk De Fire Saxophone Quartet
  • High Five Quintet
  • High Five Woodwind Quintet
  • High School Jazz Honor Band
  • Honor Band
  • Honor Choir
  • Honor Jazz Band
  • Horn Choir
  • ​​​​​​​Horn Quartet
  • Horn Quintet
  • Hot Dish Trio
  • Icehouse Combo
  • Ignotum Nomen
  • Jazz Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Quartet
  • Jherd de Funf
  • Kalmar Quintet
  • KCL Flute Choir
  • Laura Caviani Trio
  • LeGACy
  • Le Grande Bande & Chorus
  • ​​​​​​​Les Bétailles String Quartet
  • Lindelë String Quartet
  • Little Quartet on the Prairie
  • LTOP
  • LQOP
  • Lucia Singers
  • Madrigal Ensemble
  • Male Chorus
  • MECC Quartet
  • Medalist Band
  • New Originals
  • One Hit Wonder Horn Quartet
  • One Reed
  • Orchestra
  • Pep Band
  • Perfect Four
  • Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Plaza 108 Barbershop Quartet
  • Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble
  • Quadrivium Winds
  • Quartertones
  • Quartet Roomba
  • Quintivium Winds
  • Red Combo
  • Ringers
  • Sartory String Quartet
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Saxstreet Boiz
  • Saxstreet’s Back (Alright!)
  • Schumann Women’s Chorus
  • Senior Bassoon Quartet
  • sFOURzandos
  • sQuad
  • St. Ansgar’s Chorus/St. Ansgar’s Mens Chorus
  • Stage Band
  • Staropramen String Quartet
  • String Quartet
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Synesthesia
  • ​​​​​​​Three Seniors
  • Thursday Percussion Ensemble
  • TLTD Quartet
  • Trio Classique
  • Trombone Choir
  • Trombone Quartet
  • Trumpet Quintet
  • Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
  • Tuba/Euphonium Quartet
  • Tuesday Percussion Ensemble
  • Vasa Wind Orchestra
  • Veritas Brass Quintet
  • Veritas Quartet
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • ​​​​​​​Wind Dectet
  • Wolf-Gang Quintet
  • Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
  • Woodwind Choir
  • ​​​​​​​Woodwind Quintet
  • WWC Saxophone Quartet
  • Yellow and Blues Combo
  • Yellow Combo
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Young Lions of the North Jazztet

Collection Description

Department of Music.  Collection of the Department of Music, 1883-Ongoing.  GACA Collection 34.  12 Records Center Cartons, 1 Hollinger box, 17 CD boxes, 2 album boxes, 2 film reel boxes, 4 flat boxes, 2 cassette boxes, 1 oversize folder, and digital media.

The Department of Music collection contains materials related to all vocal and instrumental groups at Gustavus Adolphus College, along with general materials from the department.  Materials include reports, correspondence, scores, financial materials, member lists, tour information, photographs, and recordings.  Additional materials will be added to the collection as available.

Organization Note

Vocal music courses were introduced at Gustavus Adolphus College during the 1881-82 school year.  Instrumental courses were also offered starting in 1884.  Music classes were considered a normal part of the academic curriculum for all students.  During 1887-88 the Music Department became one of the College’s four departments.  The Music Department gave the degree of Bachelor of Music to those students who completed courses in Piano Theory, History of Music, and Harmony, and had taken the required Academic courses.  Those who completed courses in Pipe Organ Theory, History of Music, and Harmony, and passed the required Academic coursed received a certificate as “organist och skollärare” (organist and teacher.) 

The Conservatory of Music began in the fall of 1894.  The Conservatory offered three different courses: a five year course on the Piano-forte with Theory and Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestration, and History of Music, which taken with a literary course led to a Bachelor of Music degree; a two year course on the Pipe Organ, which could be taken with the Normal course, fitting the student for the position of organist and school-teacher in public or parochial schools; and a two year course on the Cabinet Organ which gave a foundation for the course on the Pipe Organ.  Additional courses were added over the years.  The Conservatory of Music graduated its last students in May 1942.  The following semester, the Music courses were integrated into the College as one of its academic departments.

As of 2012, the Music Department offers a Music Major, Music Education Major, a Music Minor, and an Honors Program.  The department consists of many different vocal and instrumental large groups and ensembles.  The current mission is described below.

The mission of the Music Department is to teach majors and non-majors how to develop their full potential as musicians and to share the department’s heritage of excellence in notable performances on the Gustavus Adolphus campus and with communities around this nation and the world.

The curriculum of the Music Department aspires to teach music students to intelligently and artistically express themselves through a broad range of genres in musical performance, composition, and discourse.

The Music Department affirms the transformational nature of a mature understanding of the core value of music in a liberal arts education and promotes a passion for lifelong engagement with music.**

Throughout the College’s history, students have organized and participated in many musical societies.  Some vocal and some instrumental.  The Schumann Chorus, the Men’s Chorus, the Messiah Chorus, the Gustavus Adolphus Band, and the Orchestra are just a few from the early years, while today you can find many groups with different focuses, from voice, to strings, to jazz.

*Information in this section was taken from course catalogs.

**Taken from Music Department website, 30 August 2012

Scope and Content

This collection is divided into seven series: Conservatory of Music; Department Files; Band; Choir; Photographs; and Recordings.

Conservatory of Music, 1901-11, holds announcements of courses and mailings from the Gustavus Adolphus Conservatory of Music.

Department Files, 1883-Ongoing, consists of reports, materials about visiting artists, minutes, music camp materials, scores, correspondence, and performance programs and publicity.  This series is arranged alphabetically.

Band, 1910-Ongoing, contains materials regarding instrumental groups, including scores, certificates, correspondence, financial materials, member lists, and tour information.  This series is arranged alphabetically.

Choir, 1922-Ongoing, is composed of materials regarding vocal groups, including, anniversary materials, certificates, clippings, handbooks, member lists, and tour information.  This series is arranged alphabetically.

Photographs, 1883-Ongoing, encompasses photographs from any group that is part of the Music Department, including choir, orchestra, and band.  This series is arranged alphabetically.

Recordings, 1948, 1952-53, 1957, 1961-94, 2004-Ongoing, has recordings of performances from vocal and instrumental groups, along with student and faculty recitals.  All recordings are on CD unless otherwise noted.  This series is arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous, 2008-Onoing, contains blog posts from ensemble tours.

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