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 the Fall 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. Ricardo Espinosa, Director of Bands.
Audition excerpts for the 2017-18 year are below. The audition sign up sheet will be located outside Phinney Hall (music room 222) the week prior to classes (Preseason Week for the marching band). The audition times will be delineated by section and will take place during the first week of classes. If you have a conflict with the time let the conductor know. Percussion section - Mr. Neeley, Director of Percussion Studies, will be handling your part placement within the ensemble. There is no need for percussionists to sign up for a formal audition.
Auditionees are strongly encouraged to listen to recordings of the pieces in the audition packet for context.
(all auditionees should download this in addition to your specific part)
The Southern Symphony Orchestra is a community-university organization offering MSSU students the opportunity to perform 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 different countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Thailand, Italy, and Turkey. Students also have opportunities to perform with artists of the highest caliber: Chuanyun Li, Max Barros, Ana Alamo, Avan Yu, Tatiana Tessman, Angie Cheng, Langning Liu, Erik Peterson, and Roger Wright. in 2009 and 2011, members of the orchestra visited China. Recent performances include Brahms' German Requiem, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, and an all Gershwin program featuring the Concerto in F.
For more information, please contact the orchestra's director, via email Dr. Jeff Macomber or call 417-625-9635.
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.