It is the mission of the Department of Music to provide the artistic foundation for the University. The department contributes to the advancement of the human family in two ways: by expanding aesthetic awareness in the community, and by celebrating the creative human spirit though musical performance.
In its educational role the department offers historical, theoretical, and applied classes which explore the varied artistic traditions of the past and present. The Department of Music strives to introduce undergraduate students to western civilization’s musical heritage.
Committed to artistic excellence, the department serves the university and the city of San Antonio with performances and exhibits that, while striving toward inclusiveness, promote the Catholic artistic tradition and engage in interpreting the ever-present dialogue between faith and culture.
The St. Mary’s University Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Students in the Department of Music have the distinct opportunity to work closely with a faculty of world renowned musicians, educators, and scholars in a low student to faculty ratio of 11:1.
Our world-class faculty have performed in and conducted prestigious ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Grand opera, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and also the acclaimed jazz ensembles of Tommy Dorsey, Bob Mintzer, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Doc Severinson, Mel Torme, Bob Moses, George Garzone, Rufus Reid and more.
Our faculty have also performed concerts and presented clinics at international, region, and local conventions and festivals including the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, International Trumpet Guild, International Tuba Euphonium Association, National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Texas Music Festival and more.
The St. Mary’s University Music Department offers a wide variety of performing instrumental and vocal ensembles for students interested in furthering their music making abilities, while also participating in the full university experience.
Each performing ensemble is comprised of students from the department of music as well as the many other fantastic departments around campus.
Academic Programs in the Department of Music
Faculty in the Department of Music
Mark Alexander, D.M.A. Adjunct Professor of Piano
Joseph Caploe Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Holgen Gjoni Adjunct Professor of Cello
Kristin Delia Hayes, D.M. Adjunct Professor of Flute
Deana Johnson, D.M.A. Director of Orchestra
Philip Johnson Adjunct Profess of Violin
Daniel Long, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Music
Leslie Lyon Adjunct Professor of Guitar
Matthew Mireles, D.M.A. Chair of the Department of Music
Steve Peterson Adjunct Professor of Trombone
Maria Smith Director of the Liturgical Choir
Brother Michael Sullivan, S.M., D.M.A. Professor of Music
Carol Vokes Adjunct Professor of Piano