School of Music

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The Augustana University School of Music is widely recognized for its tradition of excellence in music. The Augustana School of Music offers performance experiences that include international and regional touring, performances in the renowned Mary W. Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion and the opportunity to perform and learn from nationally-known visiting artists.

School of Music

School of Music at AU

Meet the Dean

Dr. Peter Folliard is the inaugural dean of the School of Music. Folliard, a New Jersey native, joined Augustana in 2017 as the conductor of the Augustana Orchestra. 

Folliard holds undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental performance from the University of North Texas; master’s degrees in instrumental performance and conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music.

Peter Folliard

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The Augustana University School of Music (SoM) is excited to announce that the Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band and Faculty Jazz Combo, along with 800 middle and high school students from three states, will perform during the 49th Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival on March 4 and 5, at Hamre Recital Hall in the Fryxell Humanities Center. The jazz festival will feature Matthew Whitaker — an internationally-touring pianist, as well as a Hammond B3, Yamaha and Nord-performing artist — in concert alongside the Northlanders Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Washington Pavilion.

The Augustana University School of Music is excited to announce its 2024 J. Earl Lee Piano Festival on Friday, Feb. 23, at Hamre Recital Hall in the Fryxell Humanities Center. As part of the festival, prospective and current Augustana students will have the opportunity to sit in on a masterclass and receive coaching from Grammy-nominated Joyce Yang.

In collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Augustana School of Music (SoM) invites the public to join the university community for its 2023 Christmas Vespers  Concert, “And a little child shall lead them" on Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2. For more information and how to purchase tickets, visit