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SLU Musical Ensembles

Music ensembles at Saint Louis University are open to all students.  You do not have to be a major or minor to be involved! In keeping with our liberal arts tradition, we want all SLU students to explore and continue their musical learning, whether or not they aim for professional music careers. 

Male singer performing at a concert
University Mastersingers performs in St. Francis Xavier College Church, December 2022.

For more information, see the Music Program Student Handbook (PDF) or contact music program coordinator Aaron Johnson, Ph.D., at or 314-977-5158.

Vocal Ensembles at SLU

MUSC 3420: University Chorale

Directed by Jon Garrett, the study and performance of choral arrangements and masterworks for large mixed ensembles. Open to all students with some choral experience or vocal aptitude.

MUSC 3440: University Mastersingers

Also under the direction of David Kowalczyk, this ensemble is a highly selective, small group of vocalists who appear in frequent public performances of early choral music and a capella works. Entrance by audition only.

Instrumental Ensembles at SLU

MUSC 3450: Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Dr. Travis Lewis, 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 the musicians.

MUSC 3460: String Ensemble

Two sections of String Ensemble are offered, the Saint Louis University String Orchestra and a smaller section called Chamber Groups, directed by James Nacy. These groups present at least one concert each semester. An audition is required for Chamber Groups only.

MUSC 3490: Concert Band

The Saint Louis University Concert Band, directed by Chris Sakowski, concentrates on the rich American wind band tradition and offers one concert per semester.

MUSC 3500: Piano Ensemble

Ruth Stith leads this piano ensemble featuring student pianists in duets, trios and larger piano groups. The ensemble presents a concert at the end of each semester.