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 meets during both the fall and spring semesters and is made up of students from many majors.
The Jazz/Rock Ensemble is a new group at MSU that mixes the styles of jazz, rock and Latin music. It is a small group of horns, rhythm section and vocalists, and has been established to be a showcase and recruiting group for the music department. For more information about the jazz/rock ensemble, contact Mr. Black.
The Jazz/Rock Ensemble rehearses in the Band Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:20 p.m.
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 countries, ranging from madrigals and motets to vocal jazz arrangements from America and abroad.
Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.
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.
The Oratorio Chorus is a choral organization open to all interested students and townspeople specializing in the performance of major works with orchestral accompaniment. Historical periods ranging from Renaissance to the 21st Century are varied each semester, as well as the birth origin of the individual composers, so as to provide a fresh multicultural musical experience with each major work. Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.
Percussion Ensemble and Steel Bands
The Percussion Ensemble meets both fall and spring semesters. Students who play percussion instruments are encouraged to participate. The ensemble performs concerts both on and off campus throughout the year, and is popular in the community. Music ranging from classical percussion ensemble literature to "Stomp" type novelty numbers to African percussion pieces are featured at the concerts.
The Steel Pan Ensembles have been in existence since 1996, when a grant was received, allowing the purchase of a set of steel pans. Presently, there are two separate steel pan ensembles which perform music from the Caribbean. One group is made up of Caribbean students and the other is made up of music students who have learned to play the 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.
University Marching Band
The Mustang Marching Band meets during the fall semester only and is comprised of students from all divisions on campus. The band performs at all home football games and several away football games 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. The Band performs at several 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. Recently, the band has performed each year at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. When the football season is over in November, the Marching Band begins preparation for the annual Christmas concerts. These concerts coincide with the annual Fantasy of Lights and take place in Akin Auditorium on campus. The Christmas concerts are highly anticipated by the community and the band performs for standing-room-only audiences.
The Marching Band is open to all students who have band experience. The band marches corps-style and incorporates a drum line, side ensemble (non-marching percussion), and colorguard. One-hour of credit is given each semester.
The band rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-3 pm, and on Tuesday evenings 6-9 p.m. until mid-October. Rehearsals begin about one week prior to classes in the fall. Uniforms are provided at no cost. Large instruments and percussion instruments are also provided at no cost. The student will need to provide white marching shoes, white gloves, white socks, and the band provides a new, band t-shirt. Marching music is usually memorized. Contact Dr. Luttrell for more information.
The University Singers is a select choral ensemble open to all students of the University who qualify by audition. At least four hours of rehearsal are required each week and members must participate in all public performances. Choral music from all historical periods in various genres is explored and performed. The repertoire includes world music from a variety of cultures. Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble meet during the spring semester only. The Symphonic Band usually enrolls about sixty students while the select Wind Ensemble has about forty-five players. Both groups perform formal concerts throughout the semester both on and off campus and tour in the public schools of North Texas. During the last seventeen years these bands have performed in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana. One or both of the groups will go on tour each spring.
The Symphonic Band is open to anyone with band experience. Auditions for the Wind Ensemble take place in November for students in the Marching Band during the fall semester and in January for new students.
During the spring semester the Symphonic Band rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00-2:50 p.m. The Wind Ensemble rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-3:50 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Luttrell.
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 as home and away basketball playoff games. Membership is open to all students with band experience. The Pep Band is made up of standard band instrumentation with the addition of electric bass, electronic keyboards, and trap set. MSU basketball games are always exciting and take place in D. L. Ligon Coliseum on the MSU campus. In 1999, the Pep Band played for packed houses of over 5,000 people at several home basketball games, and in 2010-2012 traveled to the Elite Eight of NCAA division II basketball. Contact Dr. Luttrell for more information..