Saint Xavier University Music Department

Music

Music Ensembles

Large Ensembles

Chorale

The University Chorale is a large mixed vocal ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Laura Bogan, that has performed a wide variety of choral literature, A Cappella or accompanied by piano, organ, percussion, string quartet or the University orchestra.

The Chorale performs at least one concert on campus each semester and is comprised of SXU students, faculty, staff and talented community members. Registration and participation counts toward the Literature and Fine Arts core requirements.

Marching Band

Marching Band

The Cougar Marching Band performs at all home football games and learn drill and music efficiently and quickly. Students also get hands-on experience and earn opportunities to write and teach both music and drill. Members must audition for placement in the ensemble.

Become a part of one of the most dynamic groups on campus, supporting the 2011 National Champion Cougar football team!

Orchestra

University Orchestra invites students to engage in a full range of orchestral repertoire from the Baroque through the twenty-first century. The course has three areas of focus: (1) technical development to improve individual students' performance ability, (2) exploration of wind band repertoire and performance practices, with a particular emphasis on contemporary literature, and (3) proficiency at reasoning and writing through the development of meta - cognitive skills. This ensemble is an ideal vehicle for the serious instrumental musician and serves as a pedagogical lab ensemble for Saint Xavier University music education majors. Membership in the University Orchestra is open to any student or community member who qualifies through audition.

Women's Ensemble

The University Women's Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jan Bickel, splits off from the University Chorale in order to study and perform both sacred and secular repertoire specifically written or arranged for women's voices in two or more parts. This ensemble welcomes SXU students, faculty, staff and talented community members.

The ensemble collaborates with the University Men's Ensemble for joint concert appearances. They have given multimedia presentations of music composed by women composers for women's choir and frequently performed the chants of Hildegard von Bingen with narration and slides of her artwork. Other composers performed include Johannes Brahms, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Gwyneth Walker, Imant Raminsh and Cecilia Clare Boccard.

University Band

University Band is comprised primarily of the Saint Xavier University Wind Ensemble, an auditioned concert band. The fall semester also includes the Cougar Marching Band, which allows students a chance to write music and drill, studying marching pedagogy, while supporting the football team through five regular season Saturday games.

For further information about University Band or our upcoming events, contact: Joshua K. Thompson at jkthompson@sxu.edu.

Small Ensembles

Chamber Music Ensemble

The Chamber Music Ensemble takes part in the study and performance of chamber music and is open to instrumentalists of upper intermediate to advanced level of playing on any instrument. Members audition for placement into the ensemble.

Chamber Singers

The University Chamber Singers ensemble is comprised of music majors/minors, University students, alumni and invited community members who demonstrate excellent ability as choral singers. Members audition for placement in the ensemble.

This small ensemble has recorded two compact discs - Christmas Around the World and Of Wind and Voice. The latter is a recording of music written or arranged specifically for the Flutes Unlimited LTD ensemble and the SXU Chamber Singers. Watch the video of the Founders Day performance.

Flute Ensemble

The Flute Ensemble studies and performs flute ensemble literature. Members must demonstrate an intermediate-level proficiency and audition for placement in the ensemble.

Registration and participation counts toward the Literature and Fine Arts core requirements. For more information, please contact Irene Claude at claude@sxu.edu.

Guitar Ensemble

Jazz GuitarThe Guitar Ensemble performs a wide variety of literature arranged for multiple Classical guitars ranging from Renaissance dances, to Baroque and Classical favorites, to Spanish romances and works by modern and popular composers. Open to all University guitarists with permission of the director.

For more information, contact Shawn Salmon at salmon@sxu.edu.

Jazz Combo

The Jazz Combo performs a wide variety of small group literature with an emphasis on modern jazz compositions from the Bebop Era of the 1940's to the present. This group is open to all University instrumentalists with permission of the director.

For more information, contact Shawn Salmon at salmon@sxu.edu.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of big band literature including Swing Era classics from the Count Basie Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra and others; Latin, funk and fusion numbers; and compositions and arrangements by modern big band composers. This group is open to all University wind, string, piano and percussion players of traditional jazz instruments. Members must audition for placement in the ensemble. For more information, contact Shawn Salmon at salmon@sxu.edu.

Jazz

Men's Ensemble

The University Men's Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jan Bickel, splits off from the University Chorale in order to study and perform both sacred and secular repertoire specifically written or arranged for men's voices in two to four parts. This ensemble welcomes SXU students, faculty, staff and talented community members.

They have performed concerts in collaboration with the University Women's Ensemble, performing music such as Aaron Copland's Old American Songs, John Wesley Work's arrangement of Go Tell it on the Mountain, Randall Thompson's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, John Leavitt's arrangment of Ose Shalom, and Kurt Bestor's Prayer of the Children.

Opera Workshop

Students interested in joining Opera Workshop must have completed Level I in Applied Voice or consent of director as well as placement/casting through audition by the Opera Workshop Director.

Students registered for Opera Workshop/Theatre will present a staged, costumed production of a complete opera, operetta, or musical theatre work, or scenes from opera, operetta or musical theatre, as chosen by the directors. Opera Workshop/Theatre is offered in the Spring term of each academic year, and is open to all appropriately prepared singers.

Opera Workshop

Percussion Ensemble

This small chamber ensemble provides a place for percussion students and non-percussionists, interested in learning more about percussion, to meet and work together to make music. Recent repertoire selections have included transcriptions of classical period string quartets for mallet percussion instruments, as well as drum-oriented pieces in various ethnic styles. A challenging and educational ensemble, the SXU Percussion Ensemble is open to all SXU students by audition, and is available for guest appearances and in-school performances in the Chicagoland area.

Contact Professor Brett Baxter at baxter@sxu.edu for more details.

Women of Distinction Chorale

The Women of Distinction Choral Ensemble, directed by Jan Bickel, is comprised of music majors/minors, University students and alumnae who have demonstrated excellent ability as choral singers. Members audition for placement in the ensemble. When active, this small ensemble performs on and off-campus and is a branch of the University Chamber Singers ensemble. This ensemble has toured and performed frequently on and off campus.