Music

Department
About the program

hss-music-classroomStudents take a variety of courses, including music theory, music history, conducting, improvisation, arranging and orchestration. They also participate in a variety of music ensembles. All Music majors take private lessons on their chosen instrument or voice throughout their academic career. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music or in Music With Teacher Certification, with either vocal or instrumental concentrations.

A minor in Music is also available. Students of all majors can take courses in Music to fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum.

Students have the option to major and minor in one of the following program options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music-Instrumental – Degree Plan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music-Instrumental with Teacher Certification –Degree Plan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music-Vocal – Degree Plan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music-Vocal with Teacher Certification –Degree Plan
  • Minor in Music –Degree Plan
Courses and degree plans

View the Music-Instrumental Requirements and Degree Plan

View the Music-Instrumental with Teacher Certification Requirements and Degree Plan

View the Music-Vocal Requirements and Degree Plan

View the Music-Vocal with Teacher Certification Requirements and Degree Plan

View the Music Minor Requirements and Plan

Brass studies program

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The St. Mary’s Brass Studies program is designed to give motivated, hard-working students the training to begin a successful career in music.

One unique feature of our program is an emphasis on chamber music. Students at St. Mary’s receive career guidance and develop the skills needed to start and manage a professional brass quintet. Students who wish to continue their musical training but wish to major in another academic discipline are welcome at St. Mary’s and receive the same high-level instruction as music majors.

concert-band-french-horn-playerThe St. Mary’s University brass faculty features some of the top brass teachers and performers in Texas, including principal brass musicians from the San Antonio Symphony.

Whether your goal is to eventually pursue an advanced degree at a major conservatory, to develop a teaching studio of your own, to start your own professional brass chamber group, or simply to continue your development as a music minor or through private lessons, the brass studies program at St. Mary’s provides a unique, nurturing environment to help you realize your musical goals.

In addition to the standard music curriculum, students will receive career guidance and mentoring from some of the finest brass players and teachers in South Texas.

Music Ensembles

hss-music-choir-studentsStudents have a variety of music ensembles to choose from that they can participate in.

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chapel Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Opera Workshop
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Rattler Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Woodwind Ensemble

Learn more about Bands at St. Mary’s

Music Scholarships

hss-music-student-conductorScholarships are available for deserving music majors, minors and participants. Auditions are not required for admission to a Music major or minor; however, auditions are required to receive a scholarship. To access the Music Department Scholarship Form and register to audition, please fill out the application form on our Bands page.

Complete the music scholarship and audition form

For more information on scholarships and auditions, contact the Department of Music at 210-436-3421 or email eortega@stmarytx.edu.

Brass Camp

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The San Antonio Brass Camp is an intense week of rehearsals, master-classes, and performances on the beautiful campus of St. Mary’s University. This day camp allows middle school, high school and university students the opportunity to study with and be coached by the San Antonio Brass which include the principal brass of the San Antonio Symphony and St. Mary’s University brass faculty members. During the course of the week, students rehearse and perform in brass quintets, like-instrument ensembles and a large brass choir where they sit side-by-side with members of the San Antonio Brass.
The goal of the San Antonio Brass Camp is to mold young brass players into confident, self-motivated individuals that strive to become the best they can be as musicians and as people. Through one-on-one interaction with members of the San Antonio Brass, students learn to develop the skills necessary to become better musicians and better leaders. The members of the San Antonio Brass are nationally and internationally sought after as teachers, clinicians, soloists and chamber musicians. From the east and west coasts of the United States to as far away as South Korea, the members of the San Antonio Brass have taught and performed with young musicians from all over the world.
Music Events

jazz-festivalThe St. Mary’s University Music Department invites you to enjoy our performances throughout the academic year. Most performances are free and open to the public. Please check the University Calendar to find upcoming public performances.

One of our premier events of the year is the annual Fiesta Jazz Festival and World Class Jazz Concert, held each year during San Antonio Fiesta Week. This is an official Fiesta event, held on the St. Mary’s University campus.

jazz-festival-bandLearn about our Fiesta Jazz Festival

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