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Musical Ensembles

The Mount music programs provide a strong foundational training for students seeking to pursue a career or further study in music and lead all students regardless of major, to the understanding that music is governed by the demands of a rigorous technical, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual process.

Students learn to reflect critically and independently on the creative and aesthetic process and product and have a meaningful and excellent musical experience at the Mount through practice, performance and reflection.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble engages a broad variety of music encompassing standard wind ensemble repertoire, big band jazz, and avant-garde chamber works. In addition to traditional concert venues, the group performs in a wide range of settings, including an annual Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras revue, an outdoor May Day concert, and other special programming with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The ensemble also serves as the pep band for the Mount’s division I basketball team during the normal athletic season. Previous performance experience is essential for participation. Instruments can be provided if necessary.
► Contact Dr. Mark Carlson for more information.

Jazz EnsembleLab band

The Lab Bands are a collective of instrumentalists interested in popular music styles. The group forms different combos over the course of semester depending on the project and repertoire being studied. Previous concerts have involved an annual Fat Tuesday/ Mardi Gras revue, themed programs such as Punk, 90s styles, and avant-garde music.  Previous performance experience is essential. Instruments can be provided if necessary.  Wind instrumentalists must play in the Wind Ensemble in order to be eligible for membership in the Lab Bands.
► Contact Dr. Mark Carlson for more information.

String Ensemble

The Mount St. Mary’s University String Ensemble performs classical repertoire under the direction of Professor James Tung. Previous performance experience is expected. Instruments can be provided if necessary.
► Contact Prof. James Tung for more information.

Mount Chorale

Every year, students representing every discipline of the University audition for the opportunity to sing with the Mount Chorale, which performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire. The choir performs at least one major concert per semester, as well as for a number of college liturgies, special convocations, and other events throughout the year. Starting in 2014, the Chorale is proud to call The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg its “home” performance venue.

Touring is also a part of the Chorale’s routine. The Chorale has taken successful tours of southern Spain, with concerts in Madrid, Seville, and Granada; Stateside in Williamsburg, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Baltimore, and New York’s Carnegie Hall; A recent tour even brought the ensemble before audiences in Montreal’s Notre Dame de la Consolata Church and renowned Basilique de Notre-Dame.


The Chorale has collaborated in performance with such ensembles as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Dagilelis Boys Choir of Lithuania, the Gettysburg Schola Cantorum, Eastern Connecticut University Chamber Singers, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.

Singers in the Chorale can earn up to two academic credits per semester. Membership is open by audition to all students, regardless of major.

► Contact Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld for more information.

ChoirA Capella Group - Pitch Please

Pitch, Please is a the department’s own student-led a cappella ensemble, performing arrangements and original vocal jazz, pop, and show tunes. Membership is open by audition to singers in the Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale. 

► Contact Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld for more information.

To learn more about our music programs and resources, please email Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld or visit our Music Programs webpage.

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