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.
Scholarship opportunities are available to students performing in the ensembles at St. Mary’s University, and are open to music majors, music minors, as well as students from other degree plans wishing to perform with the ensembles. The Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Concert Choir “Coro Santa Maria,” String Orchestra and the Opera Workshop perform in Treadaway Hall. The Rattler Band performs in the fun and exciting Greehey Arena during basketball games. The Chapel Choir is also active during Campus Mass at Guadalupe Chapel and Holy Rosary Church.
Alumni of the St. Mary’s University performing ensembles have gone on to become professional musicians, incredible music educators, as well as highly successful doctors, engineers, business people and more.
The St. Mary’s University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of John Rankin, DMA, was formed in 1980 by the Music Department and continues to be the longest continuously performing university jazz band in San Antonio.
Over the years the Jazz Orchestra has been a regular guest at area and regional music festivals, including: Jazz’s Alive, University of Houston Jazz Festival, Greehey Jazz Festival (Colo.), Temple College Jazz Festival, Fiesta Jazz Festival, and the Texas Jazz Festival.
Outstanding soloists that have been featured with the Jazz Orchestra include: Gordon Goodwin, Rufus Reid, Don Menza, Kevin Mahogany, Bobbby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Noboku, and James Polk, DMA. Dedicated to performing America’s treasure, jazz music, the ensemble performs class jazz arrangements from all style periods.
The St. Mary’s University “Rattler Band” is under the direction of Matthew Mireles, DMA, Director of Bands, and performs regularly at the home basketball games at the magnificent and electrifying college basketball venue Greehey Arena. The band performs a repertoire of contemporary pop tunes, famous pep band favorites, as well as St. Mary’s cheers. Students performing in the group include music majors, music minors, and participants from other degree areas. Scholarships are also available to any student looking to perform in Rattler Band.
The St. Mary University Wind Ensemble carries a rich tradition of making music at the highest level, and for engaging students in a first-class collaborative artistic environment. The ensemble was founded in 1947 by the legendary and illustrious bandmaster Frank “Pop” Sturchio, who for many years educated the St. Mary’s music students for a future in successful music making.
For generations, students performing in the St. Mary’s Wind Ensemble have gone on to become professional musicians, highly successful music educators in Texas and the U.S., and fantastic professionals in other fields such as medicine, engineering, business, and more. Under the direction of Matthew Mireles, DMA, the St. Mary’s Wind Ensemble performs high energy, captivating, and moving concerts with repertoire ranging from contemporary wind band literature to some of the most cherished standard wind band pieces. Scholarship auditions are open to music major, music minors, and students from other degree plans.
Upcoming audition dates are TBD.
All students performing in the St. Mary’s University Wind Ensemble are required to perform a placement audition before the semester begins. These auditions will take place in Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall, and will be heard by the Director of Bands, and other St. Mary’s professors of each instrument. Students are required to perform all of the specific excerpts assigned for their instrument included in the links below. The auditions are blind and will last approximately 5-7 minutes. Once the auditions have concluded, the panel will assign parts based on each performer’s musicality and technical ability.
Students must email Edith Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition time. Since auditions are blind, each student will be given an audition number after they have signed up for an available time slot.
Audition excerpts will be posted Summer 2018.
For more information about Wind Ensemble at St. Mary’s, contact Matthew Mireles, DMA, Director of Bands, at email@example.com.