Dr. Patrick O'Shea
After graduation from high school, where can people go to continue to enjoy making music together in a concert band? The SMU Concert Band strives to answer that question. If you enjoyed playing in your high school band there is a place for you in the Saint Mary’s University band program. Students from all academic areas are invited to participate. We enjoy making music in a cooperative, positive atmosphere.
The 70 member SMU Concert Band rehearses twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday evenings, as not to conflict with science labs, afternoon sports practices and most other campus events. We also welcome a number of talented high school and community musicians into our midst as part of our ongoing college/community partnership. Auditions are held at the start of each academic year for chair placement, it is expected that band members have participated in high school ensembles prior to joining the SMU band.
The band performs an average twice each semester, and participates in off-campus performances on a regular basis, performing at high schools or other regional concerts.
The SMU Band also performs for the undergraduate commencement ceremony and other official university events when the occasion arises.
Past composers who have written for the band include Steve Barnett, Lee Kesselman, Philip Rothman, internationally acclaimed composer Judith Lang Zaimont, Marc Bernstein, Paul Richards and Larry Bitensky. On March 22nd, 2015 the band will premiere a new work by Steven Rosenhaus, a composition for baritone voice and band. For additional information on the Kaplan Commissioning Project please click on the Kaplan Project link.
SMU Concert Band will share the stage with the Saint Mary’s Choirs for the annual Family Weekend Concert on October 3rd, 2015. The performance begins at 2 PM in the beautiful Page Theater in the Performance Center. The band will perform four family-friendly selections around the theme "Music from the Stage and Screen," including works by Vangelis, Sondheim, and John Williams.
The second concert of the season is also in Page Theater on December 6th and will feature a world premiere composition by Steven Rosenhaus for band and baritone vocalist. This work is the latest in the series of Kaplan Foundation Commissions started in 2000 through a generous gift to the University to develop an ongoing Jewish dialog at Saint Mary's. The concert will also feature a number of Holiday-inspired selections from around the world. Be sure to stay for the traditional Lobby party reception featuring delicious seasonal treats and small ensembles from within the band performing traditional Christmas selections.
The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will present the annual Music in our Schools Month Concert on Sunday, March 20th. Watch for details regarding this performance early in the second semester.
Please reserve tickets for all concerts in advance at the Page Theater Box Office reservation site: http://www.pagetheatre.org or in person.
The Concert Band also performs for commencement in May, entertaining graduation ceremony families with 20 minute prelude concert before the 11:00 AM ceremony.
Interested in joining the Concert Band? New members from the Saint Mary's community and the greater Winona region are welcome at the beginning of each semester. Contact director Janet Heukeshoven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-457-1675 for details.