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Texas State Music Ensembles
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Some of the most fun, and most memorable times you will have at the Texas State School of Music is performing with, and participating in the many and varied ensembles available. Whether it's the jazz quartet you played in, the road trip the band took to Florida, a festival you played in Europe, or the outdoor concert you played in a torrential downpour, the experiences are those you'll keep forever.

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Afro/Cuban Drum Circle Basketball Band
Bobcat Marching Band Concert Band
Gospel Expressions Jazz Big Bands and Combos
Mariachi Ensembles Men's and Women’s Choir
Opera/Music Theatre Salsa Ensembles
Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Band
Feria del Mariachi Trumpet Ensemble
Tuba/Euphonium Studio University Chorale
University Singers VocaLibre
Wind Ensemble Panorama Steel Band
Latin Music Studies Trombone Ensemble



 

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
Auditioning info available at the band site

This is not your everyday marching band! You will find the music and drills a challenge. The band performs at games, competitions, demonstrations, and festivals throughout the fall season and usually one out-of-town game (one credit per semester). The Pride of the Hill Country is, "The Most Dangerous Band in the South!"
Open to all Texas State students, regardless of major.  Meets during the fall semester.

 

Over the past twenty years, the Wind Ensemble has established itself as one of the most outstanding collegiate wind ensembles in the nation. The 50-student-member ensemble has performed for many prestigious music associations such as the Music Educators National Conference.

Meets during the fall and spring semesters. A select concert-touring ensemble of approximately 45-50 members chosen by audition from the entire student body, regardless of major (one credit per semester).  Auditioning students must perform select excerpts posted online, approximately three minutes of music of the students choice and sight-reading.

The Symphonic Band is a large performing ensemble.  A select band of approximately 60-70 members chosen by audition from the entire student body, regardless of major (one credit per semester).

Auditioning students must perform select excerpts posted online (www.txstate.edu/bands), approximately three minutes of music of the student's choice and sight-reading.

The Concert Band is perfect for students who enjoy and want to continue playing in a band but don't have a great deal of time to spend preparing for auditions and rehearsals due to their academic studies.
Open to all university students regardless of major.  No audition is required of non-music majors (one credit per semester).


Meets during the spring semester. Open to all university students. Performs at all home basketball games (one credit per semester).

 

Jazz Big Bands and Combos
The TxState jazz ensembles explore a full spectrum of big band sounds, ranging from classic swing to high-energy latin and funk styles. Each of the ensembles are challenging and fun, as they show off the brass, saxophone and rhythm sections, in exciting and different ways. Soloists can develop their improvisationls skills in one of the many smaller jazz combos.The Jazz Big Bands play special arrangements of contemporary popular music in various styles.

Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Russell Haight
M-W-F 12pm-2pm
Jazz Orchestra
Director by Dr. Keith Winking
M-W-F 12pm-1pm
Jazz Lab Band
Directed by Russell Haight
M-W-F 1-2pm
Jazz Combos
Coordinator Morris Nelms
Times to be arranged

Open to all qualified university students by audition (one credit per semester).

Symphony Orchestra
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).

University Chorale
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).

University Singers
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).



VocaLibre
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).

Salsa Ensembles
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).

Mariachi Ensembles
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).

Opera/Music Theatre
Opera Workshop
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.

Opera Theatre
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).