CSB/SJU Orchestra


Junior Viola Major, Carter Scheele, fighting (or setting) fire.

Orchestra member and psychology major, Collin Ernste '18, sharing the gift of violin in South Africa, February, 2017.

Congratulations, orchestra members of Phi Beta Kappa!

Catherine (CJ) Pettinger, College of Saint Benedict Class of 2017, is a biochemistry major and music minor. Although involved in many different volunteer and school activities, CJ has continued an active participation in a variety of ensembles, ranging from large ensembles Orchestra, Jazz, and Wind Ensemble to many different smaller groups. Upon graduation, she plans to volunteer with the Franciscan Community Volunteers for a year while applying to medical schools. 

Tyler Bruinsma is a member of the class of 2017 and is an Integrated Health Science Major. He studied abroad in Chile during his junior year and is very interested in Spanish in addition to his other studies in the pre-medicine field. He is the principal horn of the CSB|SJU Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, and Woodwind Quintet. He is the Past President of the Global Health Affairs Club and is an RA at Saint John’s. Following graduation, he will be working at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as a Research Technologist while he applies for medical school.  

Meg Anderson, College of Saint Benedict Class of 2017, is a Junior French Major with a Psychology minor. She has been playing the violin since she was five years old and has participated in Orchestra since the Seventh Grade. She is currently a member of the CSB|SJU Orchestra as well as a captain of the CSB club lacrosse and a member of the French Club Executive Board. She spent the fall semester of her Sophomore year studying abroad in Cannes, France, and hopes to return to France, to continue expanding her knowledge of the language and culture.

Rebecca Humbert, College of Saint Benedict Class of 2016, is a psychology major with a nutrition minor. After graduation, she will be attending St. Kate's to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Anna Baumgartner, College of Saint Benedict Class of 2016, is a biology major and a German minor from Champlin, MN. She is very excited to be attending the University of Minnesota Medical School this fall! Anna had been playing for ten years and has loved being able to stay involved in music through symphony orchestra, lessons, and pit orchestra while pursuing other fields of study at CSB|SJU.

Paeton Larson, College of Saint Benedict Class of 2016, is from Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a biology major and psychology minor, as well as an honors student. Following graduation, Paeton will be attending University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to receive her Masters of Science Physician Assistant Studies.

Emma Christensen, College of Saint Benedict Class of 2016, is from Blaine, MN.

CSB/SJU has been honored to be the host institution of the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra Festival:

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

CSB|SJU Symphony Orchestra, J. David Arnott, Music Director

The Symphony Orchestra is one of CSB|SJU's largest and most recognized performing ensembles. With 70 - 80 students involved, an incredible array of majors are represented; both music majors and non-majors are invited to play. This ensemble performs four to five concerts each year and tours regularly.

 The CSB|SJU Symphony is a proud sponsor of "The Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra".