The Wind Ensemble is the selective, auditioned, flagship ensemble of MSSU. Qualified music majors and non-majors are encouraged to audition at the beginning of each semester. The ensemble performs a variety of challenging wind ensemble and symphonic band standard repertoire as well as transcriptions of exemplary pieces originally composed for other types of ensembles. For more information contact Dr. Rick Espinosa, Director of Bands.
The Missouri Southern State University Lion Pride Marching Band is comprised of undergraduate music majors and also non-majors. This ensemble is recognized as one of the oldest ensembles in existence at Missouri Southern State University. The Lion Pride Marching Band performs in Fred G. Hughes Stadium during all home football games and can been seen locally at various parades. The Lion Pride Marching Band is open to any MSSU student. Contact Dr. Rick Espinosa for information.
The Concert Band at Southern is the largest concert band offering on campus. This group meets in the Spring semester, following the conclusion of the marching season. The group is open to any interested student and does not require an audition. The band performs the finest in concert literature from the masters as well as contemporary. It also serves as a teaching ensemble so that our Music Education majors can get some experience on the podium before leaving Southern to teach on their own. This ensemble is a great way for any musician to continue their involvement after high school or for a music major to take on a secondary instrument. For more information on how you can become involved, contact Dr. Rick Espinosa.
The Missouri Southern State University Lion Pride Brass Pep Band performs on campus at men's and women’s basketball games during regular play and post-season tournaments. Audition times are posted through the Department of Music in late September or early October. An audition consists of a prepared solo or etude, sight-reading, and major scales. Lion Pride Brass is open to any MSSU Lion Pride Marching Band student. For more information contact Dr. Rick Espinosa.
The Lion Pride Drum Line has been recognized as one of the premiere drum lines across the nation. Having been utilized by the NCAA for promotional material, the LPMB Drum Line has also performed live on CBS and Fox Sports.
This ensemble is also the official drum line for the Kansas City Royals and can be seen performing in Kauffman Stadium as the Royal Thunder Drum Line. For more information about this exciting opportunity, contact Brian Fronzaglia.
The Missouri Southern Concert Chorale is the largest choral, performing ensemble on campus. This lightly auditioned choir is made up of both majors and non-majors that demonstrate a love for choral music and have a willingness to strive for continued improvement of choral techniques and vocal skills. The Concert Chorale performs in concerts several times each semester with a repertoire that ranges from classical works to gospel and contemporary literature. For information on how you can become involved, contact Dr. David Sharlow.
The Missouri Southern Chamber Singers is a supreme ensemble that is chosen for their musicality and purity of vocal quality. This vocally mature, select singers perform extensively throughout the four-state area demonstrating a refined sensitivity of the blending of music and text. This unique ensemble sound won them the opportunity to be the sole representative of the State of Missouri at the Austrian, Strauss Festival, in May 1999. In addition to many concert appearances, the Chamber Singers presents a Madrigal Dinner in the spring of each year. Auditions are open to both music majors and non-majors. For information, contact Dr. David Sharlow.
Southern Exposure is an exciting Jazz Choir that is a delight for both the ears and eyes. The skillful combination of dance and the singing of tight, intricate harmonies are displayed by this highly sought after performing ensemble. This ensemble is chosen upon their out-going personalities, ability to dance, sing, and “sell” a song. Auditions are open to both music majors and non-majors. Contact Dr. David Sharlow for more information.
The Choral Society had its first rehearsal in the spring of 1980. The idea for the ensemble came from its permanent conductor Dr. Al Carnine. He realized that there were no vocal ensembles available in the area for adults desiring to sing in a secularly-oriented non-professional mixed choir. Presently the number of singers averages fifty with the national average for community choruses in the thirties. The choir performs three different repertoires each year covering the Christmas season, late spring, and summer. A wide variety of literature is covered including both sacred and secular selections ranging from classical to Broadway.
Southern Symphony Orchestra offers students opportunities for learning and performing orchestral masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern periods. Since 2006, the orchestra has performed internationally-themed concerts each fall semester. Students have learned and performed music of different countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, and Germany. Students also have opportunities to perform with artists of the highest caliber. The orchestra has collaborated with such artists as Chuanyun Li, Max Barros, Ana Alamo, Avan Yu, Tatiana Tessman, Angie Cheng, and Langning Liu. In 2009 and 2011, members of the orchestra visited China. During the China trips, orchestra members performed with professional orchestras in China. In 2007, composer Zhou Long, who won a Pulitzer Prize for music in 2011, composed a work, West Rhapsody, for the orchestra and Southern Symphony Orchestra performed its world premiere. Scholarships are available.
For more information, please contact the orchestra's director. Email Dr. Jeff Macomber or call 417-625-9635.
The Southern Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Phillip C. Wise. The great music of the Count Basie Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Woody Herman Herds, Buddy Rich Band and Stan Kenton Orchestra constitute the basis of literature. However, the ensemble also performs new, progressive, and contemporary literature.
The Jazz Studies program offers numerous configurations of combos from trios to nonets. Each ensemble focuses on the study of jazz improvisation and jazz theory/harmony. There are currently three jazz combos and each performs numerous times each semester throughout the community. For more information please contact Dr. Phillip C. Wise.
The Chamber Ensemble program consists of various types of small ensembles including woodwind quintets, trios, quartets, and many other ensembles utilizing strings and piano. The literature ranges from early Classical to 20th century. All ensembles have an hour long coaching session with a faculty member each week and are expected to rehearse for another hour outside the regular coaching time. Performances include a Chamber Concert at the conclusion of each semester and any other events that might require small ensemble playing. For more information please contact Dr. Cheryl Cifelli.
This highly specialized group is comprised of both trumpet majors and non-majors at Missouri Southern. The Trumpet Ensemble is an outgrowth of the MSSU Trumpet Studio and serves to further the art of trumpet performance through concentrated instruction, small ensemble performance, and rehearsal instruction. Membership in the MSSU Trumpet Ensemble is open to any Missouri Southern trumpet student. A wide variety of literature is covered from what many call the glory years of the baroque highlighted by composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrea Gabrieli, and Samuel Scheidt, to modern contemporary composers such as Eric Ewazen and Anthony Plog. The ensemble performs at a variety of venues both on and off campus. For more information please contact Professor Green.