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Wittenberg: The Origins of Lutheranism

—dispatch from Zach Croonquist ’19, religion and psychology majory Guten Tag! It has been nonstop fun and adventure for the Gustavus choir on our tour of the music capitals of Europe. Our travels have taken us to Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, and Sweden. It has been so exciting to visit new places, interact […]

Leipzig, Germany: A Spiritual and Education Adventure

—dispatch from Iriah Benedict ’20, music education major with a choral emphasis Guten Tag from Leipzig, Germany! It’s been an incredible honor to be a part of the Gustavus Choir and travel to Europe again after eight years (since I last crossed the Atlantic, on a visit to the southern part of Germany). I’m glad […]

Leipzig, Germany: Greeted Warmly, 30 Years Later

—dispatch from Melinda Moen Batz ’86 Greetings from Leipzig, Germany! I am one of the lucky few companion travelers to be not only an alumnus of Gustavus (1986), but also a former member of the Gustavus Choir. My husband Paul and I met at Gustavus and sang together in the choir. We have three children […]

Prague: The Treasure That It Is

—dispatch from Carrie Bather, sophomore alto, “who is having the time of her life on this incredible Gustavus Choir European Tour!”  Have you ever been to the Renaissance festival? It takes place in Shakopee, MN, right off of 169 on the way to Gustavus throughout the fall. I’ve been going to the Renaissance Festival since […]

Bratislava + Prague: “Huddled together, singing our hearts out.”

—Dispatch from Emma Myhre, senior theatre and communication studies major As we were leaving Vienna for Prague, I got a text from a Gustie friend studying abroad in Tanzania. She said, “Emma, enjoy every single second of Prague. Stand on the Charles Bridge and listen to your favorite song for me. I would give anything […]

Vienna: “A True Sense of Belonging”

  —Dispatch from Zach Diedrich, junior vocal music education major from Bloomington, Minn. Since my first year, when I had the honor and privilege of joining the Gustavus Choir as a bass, international choir tour 2019 was an elusive concept that seemed so far away. When I found out we were going to Europe I […]

Björling Recital Hall: G Choir Again—38 Years (and More) Later

—dispatch from Kris Potter ’81, G Choir alumni companion I remember the last Gustavus Choir concert of my senior year, walking from the risers and thinking to myself, I will never sing in a choir this good again, this is it, these days are done. I was uncharacteristically stoic…just grateful that I had sung exquisite […]

The Band Belongs to You

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra touched down back in the United States this week after 16 days abroad in Scandinavia. James Patrick Miller, the Douglas Nimmo Professor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, discusses the impact of the many people who made this experience so special.

The Final Performance: reflections from a senior

Senior Ryan O'Neil reflects on what it means to be a part of GWO on his final tour performance.

“Afjording” Norway

Junior Charlie Barnhouse talks about the realities of fjords and funds.