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The St. Thomas music ensembles perform together during the annual Christmas Concert.

Find your rhythm

Music Ensembles

The Department of Music at the University of St. Thomas is home to over 20 large and small performing ensembles. Many of our award-winning groups have appeared at state, regional, national and international music conferences. Our ensembles perform in a variety of venues including The Ordway, the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul and Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

Taking pride in our innovative programming, St. Thomas ensembles have commissioned over 100 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, and all ensembles fit easily into a full-time class schedule.

Make Music Together

We love making music. Whether large or small, performance ensembles are a great way to get involved. Choose one and join in the fun!

A student plays drums in a recording studio.

Popular Music Ensemble

Student groups receive individual coaching for small ensembles on the performance of all genres and types of American popular music.

Contact Dr. Steve Cole
The Guitar Ensemble performs during the annual St. Thomas Christmas Concert.

Guitar Studies

Our large and small guitar ensembles embrace all styles of music including rock, classical, jazz, ethnic/folk, flamenco and ancient music.

Contact Dr. Chris Kachian
A student plays the piano on a stage.

Keyboard Studies

The Piano & Accompanying Ensembles present unique opportunities for musicians to explore the joys of art song, duet and chamber repertoire.

Contact Dr. Vanessa Cornett

Additional Ensemble Opportunities

Our department is committed to providing you with opportunities to perform and to deepen your music knowledge.

Choral students rehearsing during class.

Core Curriculum: Fine Arts Requirement

Students can fulfill the Fine Arts Core Requirement by enrolling in a four-credit fine arts course, or by participating in a one-credit large ensemble for four semesters.

Learn more about the Core Curriculum
Students perform at the annual Christmas Concert.

Christmas Concert

This program of choral and instrumental music for the Christmas season features 300 student performers in ten of the university’s ensembles.

Flute players during band rehearsal.

High School Festivals

Through continued partnerships, these events introduce high school students to the rich tradition and outstanding quality of our music programs.

Student Highlights

Anachie Stueve ‘21
Mac Johnson ‘20
Maggie Sorenson ‘20
Christian Montgomery ‘20
Belinda Huang ‘20
Anachie Stueve Headshot Mac Johnson performs during a concert. Maggie Sorenson Headshot Christian Montgomery works with other students on a project. Belinda Huang Headshot
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Anachie Stueve ‘21

Anachie is working towards a BM in Performance at St. Thomas. She works for the Department of Music as an office assistant for both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador, Anachie represents music students, and advocates for students with disabilities, since she lives with low vision. She is also a section leader in Chamber Singers, and prides herself on making connections with everyone in the ensemble. Anachie dreams to establish a non-profit to serve the blind/visually impaired musicians of the world!

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Mac Johnson ‘20

Mac arrived at St. Thomas as a leader among his orchestra peers. He is going to be an inspiration to all his future students—they will be lucky to have him as their teacher! Some of Mac’s favorite memories are from times spent with his music peers while studying, performing and touring. He says, “One of the most important things to recognize is that everyone is on their own journey. Don't get caught up comparing yourself to the progress of others. If you want it, you'll get there, and you have your whole life to do it. Go at your own pace and discover lots of things along the way! Have fun!”

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Maggie Sorenson ‘20

“I transferred to St. Thomas in 2018 to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Music. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher so I applied for my Masters of Arts in Teaching (Instrumental) program at St.Thomas. I was recently accepted this spring and I will be starting that program within the next year. In between my time off from school, I teach guitar lessons at Modern Day Music in West Saint Paul for students of all ages. I hope someday I can inspire students like I have been inspired by so many of the professors and faculty at St Thomas!” – Maggie Sorenson ‘20

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Christian Montgomery ‘20

Majoring in music business didn’t prevent Christian from presenting unique recitals. He was the first person to sing and play marimba not for just one, but two of his recitals! He traveled to the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference with the Music Industry Club, works at Paisley Park and produces music on the side. He recommends that students reach out and connect with others since there is always someone willing to help.

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Belinda Huang ‘20

Belinda majored in computer science, music performance and French. Primarily a pianist, she performed in Festival Orchestra three times and participated in a quintet and piano duos. As a violist, she was involved with the Orchestra and quartets. While studying in Paris spring 2020, she studied and performed piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique. Encouraged by a songwriting class, Belinda self-wrote a vocal EP released in January 2020. She hopes to continue songwriting and piano in the future. After Delta Air Lines and General Mills internships, Belinda is now a software engineer for Target post-graduation.

Audition Information

  • Large Ensembles
  • Small Ensembles
  • Audition Timeline for Incoming Students
  • Audition Timeline for Current Students
  • Large Ensembles

    Large ensembles require auditions for placement. Complete the proper audition form and more information will be sent to you.

    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 100 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.

    Small Ensembles

    A variety of small ensembles are offered for instruments such as guitar, piano, strings, flute and winds. Contact music@stthomas.edu for more information regarding these small ensembles.

    Audition Timeline for Incoming Students

    Auditions are held during the first week of fall semester in the Brady Educational Center. Students should prepare one or two pieces which show both lyrical and technical playing. Percussionists should prepare a piece for two of the following instruments: snare drum, mallets, and/or timpani. In addition to your prepared piece(s), there will be some sight-reading. All interested incoming students should complete the online form to reserve an audition. Audition forms are accepted from June 1-Sep. 1.

    Audition Timeline for Current Students

    Current St. Thomas students should login to OneStThomas to find more information about audition registration for our ensembles.

    Large Ensembles

    Large ensembles require auditions for placement. Complete the proper audition form and more information will be sent to you.

    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 100 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.

    Small Ensembles

    A variety of small ensembles are offered for instruments such as guitar, piano, strings, flute and winds. Contact music@stthomas.edu for more information regarding these small ensembles.

    Audition Timeline for Incoming Students

    Auditions are held during the first week of fall semester in the Brady Educational Center. Students should prepare one or two pieces which show both lyrical and technical playing. Percussionists should prepare a piece for two of the following instruments: snare drum, mallets, and/or timpani. In addition to your prepared piece(s), there will be some sight-reading. All interested incoming students should complete the online form to reserve an audition. Audition forms are accepted from June 1-Sep. 1.

    Audition Timeline for Current Students

    Current St. Thomas students should login to OneStThomas to find more information about audition registration for our ensembles.

    Faculty Highlights

    Dr. Pinsonneault directing choir

    Dr. Albert Pinsonneault

    Dr. Pinsonneault is Director of Choral Activities. He conducts and leads a nationally-recognized choral program of over 200 student-musicians.

    Dr. Albert Pinsonneault
    Allison Ostrander headshot

    Allison Ostrander

    Violinist Allison Ostrander pursues an active freelance career as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, and studio teacher.

    Allison Ostrander
    Matthew George instructs students in a classroom.

    Dr. Matthew George

    Dr. George regularly leads his ensembles to performances at major music conferences and on performance tours throughout the United States and abroad. 

    Dr. Matthew George
    Screen capture of the St. Thomas ensembles performing at the annual Christmas Concert.

    Nationally Recognized

    No matter what ensemble you join, you will learn from acclaimed faculty and have access to a diverse range of performance opportunities.

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    Connect with Us!

    Learn more about joining an ensemble.

    Tel: 651-962-5850
    Email: music@stthomas.edu
    Mailing Address
    Department of Music
    2115 Summit Ave., BEC LL05
    St. Paul, MN 55105
    Campus Location
    The undergraduate music office is located on the lower level of Brady Educational Center, and the graduate music office is located on the first floor of Loras Hall.