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Enrollment options for each ensemble are listed below, but additional options may apply. 

Contact the instructor of the ensemble for specifics.


University Band

The School of Mines University Band is a non-auditioned instrumental concert band that meets on Wednesday evenings to study music ranging from traditional marches to modern band compositions. The ensemble performs at least one concert per semester. Open to community members as well as SD Mines students, staff and faculty.

W 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Music Center 202
MUS-117-M0221 Music in Performance I (1 Humanities credit)
MUEN-260-M0F3 Non-Credit Music Ensemble 

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is an auditioned, one-on-a-part, concert band. New in Fall 2017, this ensemble allows the top wind, brass and percussion students to perform classic concert band repertoire and orchestral transcriptions at a very high level as well as exploring new compositions and modern music.

TR 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Music Center 202 
MUEN260-M0F5 Non-Credit Music Ensemble  

Jazz Band

Various forms of jazz ensembles have existed at the institution since the 1970s. Quite often, members of the Jazz Band have formed smaller jazz combos to improve their music experience. The Jazz Band meets on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-6:00pm to rehearse and performs on- and off-campus several times each semester.

MW 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Music Center 202
MUS-117-M025 Music in Performance I (1 Humanities credit) 
MUEN-260-M0F6 Non-Credit Music Ensemble 

Brass Choir

A auditioned instrumental ensemble for brass instruments, the Brass Choir specializes in music written or arranged specifically for brass instruments.

TR 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Music Center 202
MUEN260-MOF5 Non-Credit Music Ensemble  

University Choir

University Choir is a non-auditioned, mixed-voice ensemble that meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Open to SD Mines students and community members, the University Choir focuses on the vocal/musical development of the individual singer while providing quality musical experiences. Originally intended as an outlet for those students unable to fit Concert Choir into their schedules, the University Choir has evolved into a separate entity, with different criteria, expectations, and culture.

Thurs 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Music Center 202
MUS-117-M023 Music in Performance I (1 Humanities credit)
MUEN-260-M0F8 Non-Credit Music Ensemble

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an auditioned, mixed-voice ensemble. The Concert Choir has a reputation for excellent performances locally and world-wide, earning first-place awards in international choral competition and drawing large crowds at its highly-anticipated concerts in Rapid City each year. Concert Choir is offered in two sections to facilitate student schedules.

MWF 8:00 am - 8:50 am Music Center 202 
MUS-117-M001 Music in Performance I (1 Humanities credit) 
MUEN-260-M0F1 Concert Choir (non-credit)

MWF 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Music Center 202
MUS-117-M002 Music in Performance I (1 Humanities credit) 
MUEN-260-M0F2 Concert Choir (non-credit)

Master Chorale

Master Chorale is SD Mines' premiere vocal ensemble. An award-winning group, all members must be outstanding vocal musicians and in either University Choir or Concert Choir. The Chorale performs everything from Gregorian chant to vocal pop music, and makes appearances at professional music conferences, alumni chapter events, and prestigious venues in the US and in Europe.

TR 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm Music Center 304
MUEN-260-M0F4 Non-Credit Music Ensemble 

University Orchestra

SD Mines' third large ensemble open to community members and students, the University Orchestra meets on Tuesday evenings in the Music Center, 6:00-8:30 pm. Literature ranges from chamber music to larger orchestral works. Contact Ms. Schnittgrund for more information.

Tues 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Music Center 202
MUS-117-M022 Music in Performance I (1 Humanities credit)
MUEN-260-M0F7 Non-Credit Music Ensemble

MUS-317 Music In Performance, Upper Division Humanities

In coordination with our large ensembles, MUS 317 is now offered as a topics course for students interested in examining deeper thinking through music and the impact music has on the world.  Available for 1 credit, students, are required to partipate in University Band, University Orchestra, University Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Emsemble or Concert Choir and writing program notes for the ensemble they are in.  Additionally, students enrolled in MUS 317 meet 4-5 additional times a semester to discuss topics in music and are involved in discussions connecting the entire music center regardless of instruments or voice type.

Music Center Calendar 2018-19

Fantasy and Fright
Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Master Chorale and Concert Choir
Friday, October 12th 

7:30 PM
Music Center

Orchestra Fall Concert
University Orchestra and Brass Choir
Friday, November 16th

7:30 PM 
Music Center

Fall Band Concert
University Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band
Monday, November 19th

7:30 PM
Music Center

Holiday Cathedral Concert

University Choir, Concert Choir, and Master Chorale
Saturday, December 1st

7:30 PM
Sunday December 2nd
7:30 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral

High Tea Concert
Friday, March 24th
7:30 PM
Music Center

Scholarship Auditions
Friday, March 29th

4:00 – 8:00 PM
Music Center

Spring Orchestra Concert
University Orchestra and Brass Choir 
Monday, April 15th

7:30 PM
Music Center

Spring Battle of the Bands
University Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band
Monday, April 22nd

7:30 PM 
Music Center  

Spring Choir Concert
University Choir, Concert Choir, and Master Chorale
Friday, April 26th

7:30 PM
Music Center