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SLU Musical Ensembles

Performing groups at SLU include the University Chorale, Mastersingers and Billiken Pep Band, as well as the string orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, piano ensemble and string quartets.

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Auditions are required before enrolling in string quartets, the piano ensemble or Mastersingers.
For all other ensembles, you may register in Banner with placement auditions occurring during the first week of classes.

For more information, see the Music Program Student Handbook or contact music program coordinator, Aaron Johnson, Ph.D., at or 314-977-5158.

Vocal Ensembles at SLU

MUSC 3420: University Chorale

Directed by David Kowalczyk, the study and performance of choral arrangements and masterworks for large mixed ensemble. Open to all students with some choral experience or vocal aptitude.

MUSC 3440: University Mastersingers

Also under the direction of David Kowalczyk, this ensemble is a highly selective, small group of vocalists who appear in frequent public performances of early choral music and a capella works. Entrance by audition only.

Instrumental Ensembles at SLU

MUSC 3450: Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Eric Warren, the Saint Louis University Jazz Ensemble provides students with an opportunity for serious jazz performance. Typically, there is a standard big band and one or more smaller combos, depending on personnel.

MUSC 3480: Guitar Ensemble

Directed by William Hopkins, the Saint Louis University Guitar Ensemble is a group of classical guitar players that performs several recitals each year. Permission of the instructor is required.

MUSC 3460: String Ensemble

Two sections of String Ensemble are offered, the Saint Louis University String Orchestra and a section focusing on string quartets, both under the direction of James Nacy. These groups present at least one concert each semester. Permission of the instructor is required.

MUSC 3490: Saint Louis University Concert Band

The Saint Louis University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Aaron Bounds, concentrates on the rich American wind band tradition and offers one concert per semester.

MUSC 3470: Billiken Pep Band

Qualified instrumentalists should consider performing with the Billiken Band, a 100-plus member pep band sponsored through the Department of Athletics, and directed by Austin Turner, Ph.D. For more information, contact him at 314-977-8601 or email