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Your Audition Could Be Your Passport

We are proud of our award-winning groups, many of which have appeared at state, regional, national and international music conferences. Our ensembles perform in a variety of venues including O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (St. Paul) and Orchestra Hall (downtown Minneapolis). Taking pride in our innovative programming, St. Thomas ensembles have commissioned over 80 works by nationally recognized composers. Instrumental and choral ensembles perform with guest artists from around the country and abroad and regularly appear on commercial recording labels. Ensembles are open to all students by audition. 

Students Entering St. Thomas Fall 2019 or Later

All ensembles and lessons fit easily into an 18-credit full-time schedule.  Students earn one academic credit for each ensemble and lesson with no additional fees.  Students may fulfill their Fine Arts Requirement by participating in a large ensemble for four semesters.

Students Entering St. Thomas Before Fall 2019

Students earn one free academic credit for participation in each ensemble, saving the tuition per credit of over $1,300 per ensemble, per semester. Students may fulfill their Fine Arts Requirement free of charge by participating in a large ensemble for four semesters, saving over $5,200 in tuition.

 

  • Guitar Ensemble *
  • Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • Small Guitar Ensemble

Learn more about the St. Thomas Guitar Studio.

  • Accompanying Ensemble: art song and chamber music repertoire
  • Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Piano Ensemble: two-piano and piano duet repertoire
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 

Learn more about the St. Thomas Keyboard Studio.

Students will gain experience in performing contemporary styles including older and current Pop, R&B (Rythm and Blues), Rock, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Hip Hop, Indie, and more.  Emphasis will also be given to students’ original music.  Music will be chosen collectively by the members of the ensemble in consultation with the director. 

Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals, where special attention will be given to the formation of a cohesive unit with stylistic integrity, and melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble *
  • Symphonic Band *
  • Brass Choir
  • Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Percussion and African Music Ensembles
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • The St. Thomas Chamber Winds: a student/faculty collaborative ensemble

Learn more about the St. Thomas Bands Program.

  • Chamber Singers *
  • Concert Choir *
  • Donne Unite Women's Choir *
  • Festival Choir: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, combined
  • Jazz Singers
  • Liturgical Choir *
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • Schola Cantorum

Learn more about the St. Thomas Choirs Program.

  • Chamber String Ensembles
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • String Orchestra*

Learn more about the St. Thomas Strings Program.