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Carnegie Hall

New York City: 2015

The Augustana Choir at Carnegie Hall

March 26-30, 2015

Have you ever sung on stage at Carnegie Hall? Now’s your chance as we invite all Augustana Choir alumni to join us in New York!

Dr. Paul Nesheim, the fifth conductor in the history of your choir, has been invited to conduct Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” at Carnegie Hall in New York in March of 2015. This appearance is in conjunction with MidAmerica Productions of New York.  

The concert in which Augustana students will appear is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Other numbers (with other choirs) on the program include Rutter’s “Requiem” directed by Patrick Freer and Fauré’s “Requiem” directed by Eduardo Garcia Novelli.

The New England Symphonic Ensemble will accompany our performance, and the average audience size is 2,000 to 2,300 people. MidAmerica will provide rehearsal spaces, accompanists, and an exclusive post-concert celebration cruise aboard the “Spirit Cruise Ship.”

Our current plan for the Choir is to depart Sioux Falls in the morning of Thursday, March 26, and return on Monday, March 30. Rehearsals will begin on Friday and be held on Saturday and Sunday as well. Rehearsals generally are in the morning or afternoon, allowing time for you to explore New York for at least half of each day. Evenings will be free for Broadway shows or other activities you choose. Once we know the size of our group, we will work to select one Broadway show to experience at group rates – you will not be obligated to purchase a ticket, but would be welcome to do so.

Imagine finding your choir tour roommates after all these years and joining your choir in New York City! Oh, the stories you’ll tell ... and the memories you’ll make! There will be no need for rehearsals prior to your arrival in New York, but we will be certain you have your music well in advance to practice on your own. We are happy to provide any assistance to you as you think about this opportunity, and once you enroll with us, will keep you informed of any and all details you’ll need to know.  

Tour Manager: Brad Heegel, Augustana administrative director of the Performing and Visual Arts. Contact Brad with questions about this program at or by phone at 605.274.5508.


MidAmerica offers a participation fee of $749 per performer, not including travel and hotel accommodations. You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to New York from wherever you live, staying where you like in NYC and being with the full Choir at any time you like.   

Our plan is to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is located at 1605 Broadway, in the heart of Times Square. We will have the heart of the city at our feet, and we won’t be far from Carnegie Hall, either. You may join in our group reservation at the hotel at the following rates:

Single room: $1,370   
Double Room: $700 (per person)   
Triple Room: $480 (per person)
Quad Room: $365 (per person)

These rates are for the total of four nights and include all taxes and mandatory NYC fees.


To participate, send a non-refundable commitment for MidAmerica Productions in the amount of $250 per person by Sept. 15. The remaining $499 is due by Oct. 15. If you would like to be in our room block at the Crowne Plaza, send an additional non-refundable deposit equal to one-half of the room charge by Oct. 15, as well. Send payment to:

Brad Heegel, Administrative Director of the Performing and Visual Arts
Box 2153
Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

About MidAmerica Productions

Since 1984, MidAmerica Productions has presented more than 1100 concerts, primarily at New York’s most revered venues: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. MidAmerica presents performances with exceptional choruses and instrumental ensembles that are invited to appear following acceptance of an audition recording or through the recommendation by a noted authority in their area.

Surrounding each concert is a five-day residency in New York during which there are intensive rehearsals plus extra time to explore the cultural wonders of the city. The performance itself takes place on the fourth day of the residency. Participating choruses generally perform with an acclaimed resident orchestra, a major choral conductor (in this case, our own Dr. Paul Nesheim), and professional soloists.

In 30 years, MidAmerica has presented 3500 choral groups and instrumental ensembles. High artistic standards, committed performers, and large, enthusiastic audiences have combined to make MidAmerica Productions the largest independent producer of classical concerts in New York City. Through judicious attention to detail by veteran staff, MidAmerica has earned an unmatched reputation for excellence, which continues to attract the finest talent nationally as well as internationally, to its program.


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Augustana Band in China, 2007

China: 2015

The Augustana Band's 2015 Tour of China

Jan. 2-29, 2015

The Augustana Band typically has toured during the January Interim break, and beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year, has made it a practice to travel overseas during the January term (thereby earning academic credit) once every four years. Their previous tours included China in 2003 and 2007. In January 2011, the Band traveled to Egypt and were in the country for the first few days of the Egyptian revolution. In 2015, we return to the fascinating People's Republic of China and invite you to join us! The itinerary will be updated as further details become available.

Tour Manager: Brad Heegel, Augustana Administrative Director of Performing and Visual Arts. Contact Brad with questions about this program at or by phone at 605.274.5508.


$5,595 based on a minimum of 85-95 paying participants
$950 Single Accommodations Supplement
Band Members:                             $4,950, plus $150 *IPO Administration Fee
Non-Band Members:                     $5,595, plus $150 IPO Administration Fee
Non-students (alumni/parents)    $5,995, plus $150 IPO Administrative Fee
Note: The lower cost for band members is due to band member and Music department fund raising. Prices above based on a minimum of 85-90 paying participants. Course cost is carefully calculated on a specific group size based on contracted rates. One less paying participant could impact program cost.
*International Programs Office

$500 Application deposit due with submission of application.

$500 Second deposit due Oct. 1, 2014.
 Balance due upon receipt of statement

Above costs based on exchange rates and tariffs in effect as of above date; subject to change in the event that there is a fluctuation of more than 4%. Note: A 3% service fee will apply for all payments made by credit card.

Air transportation included in program costs.

For more information, including a detailed itinerary, visit The Augustana Band's 2015 Tour of China.

Past Alumni Travel

Augustana alumni have had the opportunity to travel to many interesting locations in the past few years. Recent trips have taken us to Greece (2013), Norway (2011), England/Scotland (2009), and Italy (2008). Alumni have also accompanied our music ensembles on international travel experiences. Alumni traveled with The Augustana Choir (2013) to Central Europe and with the Augustana Band on their 2011 trip to Egypt and their 2007 trip to China.

Here's what alumni who traveled to Greece had to say about their experience:

"What a trip!! It was so well organized. The group was supportive. Rocki and David were outstanding! The tour company had selected nice hotels, and transportation was comfortable and met every schedule. Thank you for all you have done to assist us in this marvelous trip! p.s. The food and wine - second to none!"
- Joyce Nelson '56

"The 2013 Augustana Alumni and Friends tour of Greece was a trip of a lifetime for my wife and me. The trip had everything you could ask for: fabulous scenery, wonderful people, fantastic food, great shopping, comfortable travel accommodations, and opportunities to explore history and cultural changes that affected how we in America and we Christians came to be what we are today. All within a relaxing environment where major decisions such as hotels, travel from one locale to another, etc. were taken care of for us. The tour guides and the Augustana professors were very knowledgeable and conveyed the information in ways that helped create lasting memories. Best of all: we had great fun!"
- Ward Herst, Augustana parent

If you would like to be added to our list of alumni interested in travel, please contact us in the Alumni Office. We are always seeking ideas for destinations as well. If you have ideas, send them our way.

Alumni insight from the January 2011 Egypt adventure

Photos from the June 2011 "Go Viking!" trip to Norway