Sing Handel's Messiah with La Grande Bande April 2023

Now’s your chance to meet and work with some of the best singers in the US

About La Grande Bande

La Grande Bande after our concert "Music from New Spain" performed in New Ulm in February 2022

La Grande Bande strives to present innovative, unique and inspiring musical programs right in the heart of southern-Minnesota farm country. With performances called “warm and sensitive” by the Star Tribune, we seek to reintroduce classical music to our communities using the instruments and techniques premiere audiences might have heard. LGB is composed of musicians from across the United States and from around the world who are specialists in the field of Early Music—music written between c. 1600-1800—and who play on historical instruments and sing in an historical manner.

Our goals are to present “masterworks” alongside lesser-known compositions, illustrating the extensive musical production during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries; to foster musical growth in the younger generations through directed-educational events, open rehearsal sessions, or masterclasses; to reinvigorate the older generations with outreach concerts, pre-concert talks, open rehearsals, and beyond. We see incredible value in resurrecting the music written by the great masters of our past; it’s a historical, cultural, and musical lesson rolled into one.

About the musicians

You can learn more about the vocalists who will be joining us for this program by selecting their names from the list below. You can read about our music & artistic director, Michael Thomas Asmus, here.

Jenny Ubl (soloist)
Katie Boardman
Catherine Sandstedt (soloist)

Nick Chalmers (soloist)
Nathan Romportl
Garrett Eucker (soloist)

Andrew Kane (soloist)

About this opportunity

La Grande Bande is auditioning 12 college-age singers to join our 12 professional singers and a 19-member professional, period-instrument orchestra for FOUR performances of Handel’s Messiah in April 2023. The first few months of rehearsals will be led by La Grande Bande’s Music & Artistic Director, Michael Thomas Asmus (BA, Gustavus 2013, M.M; Stony Brook University 2017; DMA, Stony Brook University ’23). Eight of La Grande Bande’s professional vocalists will join rehearsals on a rotating basis. These sessions will provide you with mentors who will be working with you in the rehearsals and the performances.

This is a unique opportunity for YOU to meet, work with, and be mentored by professional vocalists who have chosen music as their careers. They are eager to be a part of such a unique project and to work with you.

Selected singers will

  • Attend all rehearsals as listed below, with exceptions for illness, changes in scheduling (i.e., sectionals), prior announced conflicts (i.e., school-related)
  • Provide themselves appropriate concert black attire for the concerts (black button up shirt, blouse, black pants, skirt, dress, black shoes, black socks, flesh colored hose)
  • Reimbursement La Grande Bande  ($25) for the purchase of the vocal score which is yours to keep
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule

Saturday evenings from 5:00–6:30
Fine Arts Center, Music: Rm 103
Gustavus Adolphus College

Fall: Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29; 
Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19; Dec 3

Spring: Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28*;
Feb 4*, Feb 11*, Feb 18*;
Mar 4*, Mar 11*, Mar 18*, Mar 25*

*rehearsals with professional vocalists

Audition Information

Saturday, Sep 17 & Sep 24 from 10:00a–4:00p
(20-minute time slots)
Fine Arts Center, Music: Rm 103
Gustavus Adolphus College

Audition Repertoire
One piece of your choice
PLUS Sight singing, vocalizing, & a prepared excerpt

You should prepare your vocal line for “Let us break their bonds asunder” for your audition (below):

Audition Registration Form

Complete all fields in the form below to register for an audition. An email with information about scheduling your audition will be sent after you complete the form below.