College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music, Theatre & Film

Performance Ensembles

singers

The Department of Music, Theatre & Film is home to several department-sponsored music ensembles. These include Big Band Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, University Singers, Concert Choir, and chamber music groups.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo

The Big Band Jazz Ensembles is a twenty piece group of student musicians, which performs works in a variety of styles, including swing, funk, Latin, and contemporary jazz. Jazz Combo is a small, select group of students, who perform in various ensemble settings with an emphasis on jazz improvisation. The Ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:30 PM in the Music Studio. All musicians are invited to join but an evaluation is required beforehand.. For more information, please contact the Jazz Ensemble director, Daniel Green, at dgreen8621@comcast.net.

University Singers

The 70-voiced Saint Joseph’s University Singers is a diverse group of students, faculty, and alumni, who love choral music and seek to perform it at the highest level. The ensemble performs regularly throughout the academic year, often performing major works with orchestra and performing at events in the greater community of Philadelphia. Recent works performed by the University Singers include Durufle’s Requiem, portions of Handel’s Messiah, and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Arumque. University Singers rehearses on Monday evenings in the Chapel of Saint Joseph from 6:30-9:00 PM. The ensemble is open to all who love to sing! For more information, contact the director of University Singers, Dr. Thomas Juneau, at tjuneau@sju.edu.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed choral ensemble of approximately twenty-four singers. This chamber choir performs challenging works by historical and contemporary composers, appearing frequently in concert and at school and community events during the academic year. Concert Choir rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays during free period (11:30-12:30) in the Nicoletti Music Studio. Recent works performed by Concert Choir include Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes and works by Victoria and Poulenc.  For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact the director of Concert Choir, Dr. Thomas Juneau, at tjuneau@sju.edu.

Chamber Music

SJU has a growing chamber music program, in which students participate in ensembles including string quartets, piano trios, and brass quintets, receiving coachings from a member of the music faculty. Students audition for and are placed in ensembles at the beginning of each semester and receive credit for their participation. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Morgan at emorgan@sju.edu or Dr. Suzanne Sorkin at ssorkin@sju.edu.

Individual Lessons in Voice Performance

Each semester, auditions are held for admission into one of the two voice studios at SJU. If accepted, students receive credit for one-on-one lessons once a week, studying breath management, phrasing, diction, performance practice, and accurate musicianship. Students perform in a recital open to the campus community with the members of their studio at the end of each semester. For more information, contact Elizabeth Weigle at eweigle@sju.edu.

Individual Lessons in Piano Performance

Each semester, auditions are held for admission into one of the two piano studios at SJU. If accepted, students receive credit for one-on-one lessons once a week, studying keyboard technique and musicality and learning repertoire. Students perform in a recital open to the campus community with the members of their studio at the end of each semester. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Morgan at emorgan@sju.edu or Dr. Emi Kagawa at velvetysound@gmail.com.

Individual Lessons in Guitar Performance

Each semester, auditions are held for admission into the guitar studio at SJU.  If accepted, students receive credit for one-on-one lessons once a week, studying classical guitar technique, musicality and traditional repertoire. Each student will be given the opportunity to choose from the music of Latin and  South America, Spain, Classical Era, 20th Century, among others.  Students perform in a recital open to the campus community with the members of their studio at the end of each semester.  For more information, contact Dr. Jeremy Harting at jharting@sju.edu.