WINONA, Minn. — Experienced area instrumentalists are invited to join the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band this fall. This season’s first rehearsal will take place on Monday, Aug. 26, at 6:45 p.m. in Saint Yon’s Hall, rehearsal room 158, on the Winona Campus of Saint Mary’s.

The Concert Band has been a college-community partnership since 1990 and is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music and music education. The band rehearses 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays while classes are in session, late August through early May.

Talented high school musicians and experienced adult community players are invited to join the collegiate instrumentalists for an exciting new season of great music. There are also opportunities for those interested in chamber music ensembles. Trumpet players are especially needed this year, but all experienced wind, brass, and percussion players are welcome to join the 65-member Concert Band.

Placement auditions are individually scheduled between Aug. 29 and Sept. 3; audition repertoire (provided musical excerpts and scales) will be available at the Aug. 26 and 28 rehearsals.

The band performs four times during the 2019-20 academic year:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. — the fall Family Weekend concert that will feature music composed by John Williams.
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. — the annual Christmas Concert.
  • Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. — a concert featuring band classics, both old and new.
  • Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. — commencement.

Performances are also held off campus at the Watkins Manor Great Hall, Sugarloaf Senior Housing, or similar locations.

To reserve your spot, contact Heukeshoven at 507-457-1675 or jheukesh@smumn.edu. Please include which instrument you play and your full name.

About the Music Department

The Saint Mary’s University Music Department serves students from all academic areas through its many ensembles (both instrumental and vocal) and courses open to students both within the Music Department and those wishing to increase their musical knowledge while pursuing a different major. Each year, incoming student musicians audition for music scholarships which are based on musical performance and open to all Saint Mary’s students. Students wishing to major in music have five options: B.A. in Music, Music Performance, Music Education, Music Industry, and the five-year M.A. in Music Education. Visit smumn.edu/music for more information.

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