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IEX J-Term 2018 Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour/Exploring the Nordic Model
Bergen, Norway; Borlange, Sweden; Falun, Sweden; Karlstad, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Uppsala, Sweden; Voss, Norway (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January Interim 2018 10/31/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2018 02/09/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Program Term(s):
January Interim
Minimum Class Standing:
First-Year
Minimum GPA:
2.50
Prerequisites:
Yes
Previous Language Study Req?:
No
Language of Instruction:
English
Language courses offered:
None
Housing Options:
Hostel/Hotel
Areas of Study:
Music, Scandinavian Studies
Program Design: Faculty led, Group based, Short Term, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
IEX: Interim Experience Course
Program Description:
Karlstad, Sweden
Karlstad, Sweden

Overview. This program encompasses an international tour of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and an accompanying IEX/J-Term course about the cultures of Norway and Sweden, "Exploring the Nordic Model." Participants will begin with intensive rehearsals and course meetings on the St. Peter campus (for about two weeks), and then the entire group will travel to Scandinavia for the touring period (approximately two weeks).

Locations. Tour locations and performances are anticipated in these sites:
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Uppsala, Sweden
  • Borlange, Sweden
  • Falun, Sweden
  • Karlstad, Sweden
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Voss, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
Faculty Leaders.
James Patrick MillerJames Patrick Miller is the Douglas Nimmo Professor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. One of the nation’s most storied collegiate touring wind ensembles, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra tours nationally each year, internationally every four years, and was selected to perform at the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division Conference in 2016. At Gustavus Miller also teaches courses in conducting and music education. He first joined the Gustavus music faculty in 2008 as interim conductor of the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras, also teaching courses in conducting, music education, and a January Term course, The Crossroads of Art Music and Popular Culture.

Glenn KrankingGlenn Kranking is a historian of the Baltic Sea Region (Scandinavia/Baltic States/Russia) and Modern Europe. He has studied and researched extensively in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia. Glenn teaches courses on modern Europe, early and modern Scandinavian history, Imperial Russian and Soviet history, minorities in Europe, propaganda in the modern world, an Interim Experience course on digital history, and the Three Crowns Curriculum course on Historical Perspectives. He also teaches a First Term Seminar course on the theme of Nordic Explorers.

Academic Calendar. The course begins with a two-week residency on campus (January 8 to 20, 2018) followed by a touring period (January 21 to February 9, 2018). The program ends upon arrival at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on February 9, 2018.

Bergen, Norway
Bergen, Norway

Accommodation. Student accommodation during the on-campus period will be in regular residence hall rooms. While on tour, students will be housed in shared hotel and hostels rooms with students of the same gender. Additional details will be provided at pre-departure orientation sessions in the fall.

Program costs. The program budget is still under construction. The program fee will be announced here as soon as possible. Participants will be expected to pay for the program in two installments, due as follows:
  • First half of the total program fee on October 1, 2017
  • Remainder of the program fee on November 1, 2017
Eligibility. To be eligible for this program, students must be members in good standing of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. In addition, applicants must have at least a 2.50 minimum GPA and be in good academic and conduct standing at Gustavus.

Application deadline. There are two application deadlines for this program, depending on student class standing:
  • Returning students (those who will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors in 2017-18) must complete the application by June 1, 2017.
  • Newly accepted first-year students joining the orchestra in fall semester 2017 will be expected to complete the application by September 15, 2017.
Entry visas. US and EU citizens will not require entry visas for either Sweden or Norway for this program. Students of other nationalities are required to contact Justin Kader immediately upon applying to inquire about possible entry visa requirements.

Uppsala, Sweden
Uppsala, Sweden