Saint Louis University



University Chorale MUSC 3420

Directed by David Kowalczyk, the study and performance of choral arrangements and masterworks for large mixed ensemble. Open to all students with some choral experience and/or vocal aptitude.

University Mastersingers MUSC 3440

Directed by Jeral Becker, is a highly selective small vocal ensemble; frequent public performances of early choral music and a capella works. Entrance by audition only.



Jazz Ensemble MUSC 3450

Directed by Eric Warren, the Saint Louis University Jazz Ensemble provides students with an opportunity for serious jazz performance. Typically, there is a standard big band and one or more smaller combos, depending on personnel. 

Guitar Ensemble MUSC 3480

Directed by William Hopkins, the Saint Louis University Guitar Ensemble is a group of classical guitar players that performs on several recitals each year. Permission of the instructor is required.

Piano Ensemble MUSC 3500

Under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Dees, advanced piano students may receive ensemble credit for accompanying university ensembles, recitals, or music classroom and studio activities. Permission of the instructor is required.

String Ensemble MUSC 3460

Two sections of String Ensemble are offered, the Saint Louis University String Orchestra, and a Section focusing on String Quartets, both under the direction of Mr. James Nacy. These groups present at least one concert each semester. Permission of the instructor is required.

Saint Louis University Wind Ensemble MUSC 3490

A new offering in Fall, 2010, the Saint Louis University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Aaron Bounds, concentrates on the rich American wind band tradition and offers one concert per semester.

Co-curricular Ensembles

Billiken Pep Band MUSC 3470

Qualified instrumentalists should consider performing with the Billiken Band, a 100+ member pep band sponsored through the Athletic Department, and directed by Dr. Mike Beczkala, an energetic alumnus who is also principal of Parkview Elementary School in Columbia, Illinois. For more information, call Saint Louis University Athletics at (314) 977-3177, or contact Dr. Beczkala at (618) 282-4997.

For More information about Ensembles, contact Dr. Robert L. Hughes at