Members of Texas State ensembles have the opportunity to perform throughout the United States and the world. All of our ensembles are open to any student after a placement audition, which is held the beginning of each semester.
Texas State University Bands
|Jazz Ensemble |
Directed by Russell Haight
|Jazz Orchestra |
Director by Dr. Keith Winking
|Jazz Lab Band |
Directed by Russell Haight
|Jazz Combos |
Coordinator Morris Nelms
Times to be arranged
Open to all qualified university students by audition (one credit per semester).
The Texas State Symphony Orchestra maintains an active schedule of performances. This ensemble has performed internationally and as featured university symphony for prestigious music associations such as the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). The symphony meets during the fall and spring semesters and is open to all qualified university students by audition. The repertory for this group consists of standard orchestra literature, contemporary works, aria and concertos, and opera accompaniments (one credit per semester).
The University Chorale is the premier mixed vocal ensemble at TxState performing for state, national and international audiences. The membership of Chorale is comprised of outstanding musicians throughout the campus from various disciplines. Repertoire for this ensemble includes works from ca. 1450 to the present with the emphasis on advanced literature.
A select chamber ensemble of approximately 25 to 30 members chosen by audition from the entire student body (one credit per semester).
This select mixed ensemble performs masterworks from the 17th century to the present with emphasis given to larger works. With a membership of 65-70 musicians from throughout the campus, this ensemble is quickly becoming recognized regionally for its musical excellence. Good music-reading skills and musicianship are important to membership.
A select ensemble of approximately 65-70 singers chosen by audition from the entire student body. (one credit per semester).
The most vibrant and dynamic of the choral ensembles, VocaLibre is quickly becoming the most recognized of the vocal groups. This ensemble features popular musical styles including vocal jazz, blues, swing tunes, hip-hop, transcriptions of instrumental works, and more!
A select vocal jazz ensemble of approximately 15 members chosen by audition from the entire student body (one credit per semester).
Panorama Steel Band
The Texas State Panorama Steel Band was organized by Professor of Percussion Genaro Gonzalez in September 1989. The Panorama Steel Band features a variety of "pans" created from 55-gallon steel drums. One end of the drum is sunk to form the playing surface of the instrument. Different depths of pans result in tenor, double tenor, alto, guitar, cello, and bass sounds.
Steel drums originated on the island of Trinidad in the 1940's when Trinidad natives were forbidden to use conventional drums. A group of local musicians "jamming" in a junkyard began beating on metal, and the steel barrels discarded by the U.S. armed forces during World War II became a promising new percussion instrument.
Since its inception in 1989, the Panorama Steel Band has performed before enthusiastic audiences in a variety of settings including state music conventions, University and community events and private functions. The Panorama Steel Band was honored with an invitation to perform at the Montreux Jazz and World Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In addition to performances in Switzerland, the Panorama Steel Band performed at Euro-Disney in Paris, France.
Men's and Women’s Choir
These unique ensembles are ideal for singers who wish to increase their musical skills and who enjoy ensemble singing without a required audition. The membership of each ensemble explores repertoire that is ideal for just men or women. The social aspect of each ensemble is equally important to the musical training.
A concert-touring choir of approximately 30-40 members chosen by audition from the entire student body (one credit per semester).
A performing ensemble specializing in Latin and South American music. Auditions for the Salsa Ensembles are held at the start of each semester. Please go by room 145 in the Music Building for audition dates, times and music (one credit per semester).
A performing ensemble specializing in Mexican folk music. Auditions for the Mariachi Ensembles are held at the start of each semester. Please go by room 145 in the Music building for audition dates, times and music (one credit per semester).
Redesigned in 2006 by Director of Opera Studies Dr. Samuel Mungo, Opera Workshop serves beginner and intermediate singers chosen from Vocal Performance, Vocal Music Education, BA and Musical Theater majors, and specializes in establishing the connection between acting and singing. Character development and the creation of true relationships between characters are paramount in the training opera students receive at Texas State, and is inspired by the work of two giants in the field — acting teacher Sanford Meisner and opera impresario Walter Felsenstein. The opera-training program combines numerous performance opportunities with hands-on work in performance technique, both in the classroom and one on one.
Begun in 2008 by Director Samuel Mungo, this Graduate level ensemble takes the work of combining acting and singing begun at the undergraduate level and refines it to include an intensive experience in applying the craft to the opera genre. The opera-training program combines numerous performance opportunities with hands-on work in performance technique, both in the classroom and one on one. Texas State Opera presents two fully staged productions in the fall and spring semesters. In addition, the opera workshop and theatre classes present a major opera scene performance at the culmination of both semesters, and Texas State Opera Theatre produces a touring production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (in English and Spanish).