Upcoming Audition Dates
- Monday, January 19, 2015
- Saturday, February 7, 2015
- Saturday, March 7, 2015
So you want to study Music or Music Education at MNU?
Our Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers intellectually rigorous programs designed to foster your creativity and promote your aesthetic literacy. Our faculty are strong pedagogues with stellar educational backgrounds, committed to bringing out the best in you. Combine that with our state-of-the-art performing arts facilities in the Bell Cultural Events Center and you'll get an exceptional education at MNU. All you need to do now is apply!
You can become involved with:
Heritage Choir is the traditional mixed ensemble on campus. This is an auditioned group that sings a wide range of music literature including sacred, secular, folksong, gospel, multicultural, and Broadway. This ensemble meets three days a week MWF.
Concert Choir currently is a women's ensemble. This auditioned group sings treble music from all periods in music and participates with Heritage Choir on all campus concerts. This ensemble meets three days a week MWF.
Symphonic Choir is our large choral ensemble that presents larger works often with professional orchestra. This auditioned group presents the Masterworks Concerts and usually participates with the other choral ensembles on the Christmas and Pops Concerts. This ensemble meets Monday evenings.
World Music Ensemble
The World Music Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to perform music of other cultures. Past ensembles have included Japanese taiko, steel drums, Venezuelan llanera, tejano conjunto, Philippine palabunibunyan, and Andean music. The current focus is a Mexican marimba ensemble that performs music of Mexico and Central America. This ensemble performs on campus, in community Latino events, and also participates in the MNU World Music Celebration each spring.
The MNU Band, under the direction of Dr. Maria Harman, is the showcase of the MNU instrumental program and provides brass, woodwind, and percussion players with a quality large ensemble performance experience. The MNU Band rehearses three days a week and has performed concerts in the MNU Bell Cultural Events Center, within the community, region, and internationally. Annually, students have an opportunity to study and perform with a resident guest artist; Eugene Corporon, a world renowned band director and educator, was the MNU Band's most recent guest artist. Additionally, the MNU Band participates as the MNU Homecoming Pep Band providing pep and spirit at the MNU Football Homecoming Game.
Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brad Baumgardner, gives students an opportunity to perform a wide selection of repertoire including jazz, swing, rock, fusion, and Latin styles. In addition to familiarization with various stylistic approaches, students are presented with significant opportunities for improvisation. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses two days a week and has performed concerts on campus, within the community, across the country, and internationally.