The Concordia Orchestra
The nationally and internationally acclaimed Concordia Orchestra was founded in 1967 by J. Robert Hanson ’51. With the retirement of Bruce Houglum in the spring of 2011, the 90-member ensemble, which frequently performs on campus, across the United States and overseas, will now be conducted by Foster Beyers.
Since 1986, the orchestra has made international travel an integral part of its musical experience, with Houglum leading tours in 1997, 2001, 2005 and in May of 2009. This most recent tour included stops in Italy, Austria and Hungary. The orchestra performed works by Beethoven, Copland, Dvorák and others for international audiences in cathedrals, churches and concert halls.
In 2004, the orchestra performed at the National Conference of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. It has been the principal invited orchestra at Kunstfest, an art and music festival held once every five years in Kassel, Germany, and also has performed at the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic. In February 2003, the orchestra joined The Concordia Choir for the premiere performances of Dr. René Clausen’s composition MEMORIAL at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in New York City.
February 2009 Tour Program