Ensembles & Recordings

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The mission of the music department at Midwestern State University is to provide a comprehensive music curriculum and a wide range of performance opportunities which will equip students for a variety of music careers while enabling them also to become well-rounded persons through involvement in diverse liberal arts courses.  The music department endeavors to help students develop aesthetic sensibility, cultural awareness, and social responsibility.  Not only are students taught to create within their disciplines, they are challenged to evaluate the quality of what they have created.  Central to the mission is to empower students to use their talents to enrich and advance society.  With this in mind the department also serves as a catalyst between the university and the community in promoting artistic activities.


 Jazz Rock Ensemble

The University Jazz/Rock Ensemble is a commercial ensemble of horns, rhythm section and vocalists showcasing  contemporary fusion, funk, jazz, rock and Latin styles. The Jazz Rock Ensemble concertizes on campus, in community venues and regional tours, in addition to performing at clinics and conventions. The ensemble meets both fall and spring semesters and is open to students of all majors.

For more information contact  Mr. Black. Jazz Band

The Jazz/Rock Ensemble rehearses in the Band Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:20 p.m.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Midwestern Singers

 

Midwestern Singers

The Midwestern Singers is a chamber ensemble selected by audition from members of the University Singers.  The Midwestern Singers perform a wide variety of music from different periods, ranging from madrigals and motets to vocal jazz arrangements from America and abroad. 

Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.

 

 Peace, Peace

Rick Powell & Sylvia Powell

Arranged by Fred Bock

 Carol of the Bells

Mykola Leontovich

Arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky

 The Little Drummer Boy

Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis,

and Henry Onorati

 Still, Still, Still

Austrian Carol

Arranged by Norman Luboff

 Night and Day

Cole Porter

Arranged by Pete Schmutte

Gossip Gossip

Betty Hall Jones & Jester Hairston

 She Walks in Beauty

Eric William Barnum

 Rhythm of Life

Cy Coleman

Arranged by Richard Barnes

 


Opera Workshop
Opera

 

 

The Opera Workshop is an ensemble open to all students by audition.  It trains singers and directors in the special problems of the musical stage (Spring semester only). 

Contact Dr. Don Maxwell for more information.

 

 

 


Oratorio Chorus

Oratorio Chorus

 

 

The Oratorio Chorus is a choral organization specializing in the performance of large scale works with orchestra. It is open to students of all majors and members of the community. Repertoire ranges from Renaissance to the 21st century. Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.

 

 

 

 

Deposuit Potentes

from The Magnificat

by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Laudamus Te

from Gloria

by Antonio Vivaldi

Chorus of the Enchanted Islanders

from Alcina

by George Frideric Handel

On Danube's border

from Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52

by Johannes Brahms

Sicut Lactus Est

from The Magnificat

by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Cum Sancto Spiritu

from Gloria

by Antonio Vivaldi

Neighbor's Chorus

from La jolie Parfumeuse

by Jacques Offenbach; edited by Jan Meyerowitz

Each tender leaf is trembling

from Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52

by Johannes Brahms



Percussion Ensemble and Steel Bands

The Percussion Ensemble meets both fall and spring semesters and is open to students of all majors with director approval.  The ensemble performs concerts both on and off campus throughout the year, ranging from classical percussion ensemble literature to "Stomp" type novelty numbers to African percussion literature.
Percussion

The two steel pan ensembles, Steel Bandits and The Caribbean Pan Ensemble have been in existence since 1996, when a grant was received for the purchase of a set of steel pans.  The groups have performed at the Texas Music Educators Association conference, the International Rotary Club convention, and have been featured performers twice with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra.

 Interested students should contact Alan Black.

Get Lucky (Daft Punk Song)

By Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Arranged by Zahra Mawusi Lake



University Marching Band

The Mustang Marching Band meets during the fall semester and is comprised of students from all majors. The band performs at all home football games and in the opening game at Dallas Cowboy Stadium each year. The band traditionally performs as the feature group at the Wichita Falls Public Schools Marching Exhibition during the first week of October and for the UIL Region II Marching Contest. Other appearances include spirit rallies on campus each fall including the annual homecoming bonfire and at tailgate parties on campus and at the stadium before home football games. the Marching Band also traditionally performs the concert for the MSU Fantasy of Lights.

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The band marches corps-style and incorporates a drum line, side ensemble (non-marching percussion), and colorguard and begins fall rehearsals the week before classes begin. Marching2

Contact Dr. Luttrell for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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University Singers

University Singers

The University Singers is a select choral ensemble open to all students of the University by audition.  Choral music from all historical periods and various genres is explored and performed.  The repertoire also includes world music from a variety of cultures.  Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Sicut Cervus (Swingle Singers Style)

Giovanni Pierlugi da Palestrina

Edited by Thomas Dunn

Selections from  "Three Songs from Israel"

Arranged by Morris Browda & Hawley Ades

 

Alleluia

Ralph Manuel

Cantique de Jean Racine

Gabriel Fauré

Soneto de la Noche (Sonnet of the Night)

Morten Lauridsen

Daniel

Traditional African American Spiritual

Arranged by Rollo Dilworth

Echo

David C. Dickau


Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band, a concert ensemble made up of students from all majors, meets in the spring semester and presents standard concert band literature in regular on campus concerts. The University Wind Ensemble a smaller ensemble of wind and percussion players selected by audition, meets fall and spring, presenting concerts of wind band classic and contemporary band literature.

For more information, contact Dr. Luttrell.


Winterguard

Winterguard

The Winterguard is a group of flags, rifles, and sabres that performs a choreographed show to music within the confines of a basketball court. One-hour of credit is given during the spring semester for participation. The Winterguard usually begins rehearsals after the end of marching season in the fall. 

The guard meets on a regular basis in the spring, with competitions beginning about February each year.  The Winterguard is a member of the North Texas Color Guard Association and Winter Guard International. They perform at competitions across Texas and Oklahoma and have performed at competitions as far away as Florida, Arizona, and Ohio. Membership is open to anyone with colorguard experience.  Interested students should contact Mr. Black.


Men's and Women's Basketball Pep Band

The University Pep Band performs for all home men's and women's basketball games as well basketball playoff games. Membership is open to all students of all majors. MSU basketball games take place in D. L. Ligon Coliseum on the MSU campus. In 2012 and 2013 the band traveled to the Elite Eight of NCAA division II basketball.  Contact Dr. Luttrell for more information.. 

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Chamber Ensembles

Chamber ensembles of all types are offered each semester and include brass and woodwind quintet, sax quartet and guitar ensemble. For more information contact the Department of Music office or the area applied instructor.
Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52