The Concert Chorale is a non-audition ensemble made up of majors, minors, and non-music majors from across our MWSU campus. This ensemble enjoys performing challenging repertoire in a fun, high-energy environment. This group performs for MWSU events and three public concerts a year, including the annual MWSU High School Honor Choir. Join our music family and celebrate community when our society is focused on individualism. You will make friends for life while stretching yourself as a musician and artist by singing history’s greatest works. This ensemble has enjoyed performances at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and at the Missouri Theater with the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra. Members from the Concert Chorale traveled to Ireland for an international tour in May of 2017 as a part of the Music Celebrations International Concert Series.
Renaissance Chamber Singers
The Renaissance Singers/Chamber Singers is an audition ensemble made up of the finest voices in our region. This ensemble enjoys performing several times a year and serves as the department’s major touring choral ensemble. The Chamber Singers have recently been invited to perform on Missouri’s state music conference in January, 2018. Each fall, the ensemble produces a full Elizabethan-style holiday dinner in November/December titled “Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste.
Come one, come all! This band is open to any and all who can regularly attend rehearsals. The size of this group varies from concert to concert, but normally averages around 100 players. Instrumental music education majors are expected to perform in this band on instruments other than their major instrument to better prepare them for their careers. This band is directed by Jeffrey Hinton, Director of Missouri Western bands. Several guest and student conductors also work with the band to add variety for the playing members and to give young conductors opportunities to perform. There are scholarships available for auditioning members of this band. Contact us for more information.
Golden Griffon Marching Band
Become a member of this exciting performance based ensemble! The 140+ members of this marching band perform at Griffon Football home games and various special events and festivals in the region. The GGMB has performed in exhibition at the Blue Springs Marching Festival, The Carrolton Band Days, the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree, the St. Joseph Southside Parade, The Lincoln (NE) All‐City Festival, Valleyfest in West Des Moines, IA and the Greater St. Louis Marching Festival.
The GGMB host the annual Tournament of Champions marching festival in Spratt Stadium on the Missouri Western campus. More than 20 or our area’s finest bands come together to share their shows and compete as a national‐level judging panel scores the bands. E‐mail email@example.com for more information regarding this well established festival.
The GGMB is made of three major components. The Horn Line is recognized for its strong and well‐balanced sounds. The Missouri Western Drumline is nationally recognized as one of the leading marching percussion sections in the country and the Golden Griffon Guard and the Mystics Dance Team come together to add visual excitement to the performances.
All members of the GGMB receive a scholarship/stipend for their membership and work. Please contact Nate Gay, Director of Bands, for information about joining this band.
The GGMB is led by Director of Athletic Bands, Nate Gay and GGMB assistant director, Bob Long.
In a marching band, the colorguard is a non-musical section that provides additional visual aspects to the performance.The marching band and colorguard performance generally takes place on a football field while the colorguard interprets the music that the marching band is playing via the synchronized spinning of flags, sabres, rifles, and through choreographed movements. The color guard uses different colors and styles of flags to enhance the visual effect of the marching band as a whole. Colorguard is also a team, best friends, and a lot of the times we are as close as sisters. We work with each other to make everything as graceful and beautiful as we can. This is what makes up the Golden Griffon Guard.
Golden Griffon Winter Guard
The Golden Griffon Winter Guard is a dynamic group of performers who exude excellence in flag, dance, and weapon choreography. Established in 2014, the Winter Guard is a new and exciting part of the music department at Missouri Western. Competition is a big part of the season; the Guard participates in competitions around the state with the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA). Performances for the Missouri Western- student body are also part of the season. The Winter Guard works hard to ensure their skills are top notch; scheduled rehearsals including dance class taught by the Missouri Western Mystic’s Captains, total 8 hours per week. This team has a can do attitude, creating parts of their uniforms, designing and constructing props for their show, and writing their own routines takes up a great deal of time as well. Performing members of the Winter Guard include Mo-West students from all different majors and departments. It is not a requirement to be a performance major or even a member of the Golden Griffon Color Guard (Marching Band Color Guard) to be a member of the Winter Guard. If you would like more information about the Golden Griffon Winter Guard please contact Corey Naeger (President) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missouri Western Music Department supports a comprehensive jazz program, offering university students the opportunity to participate in ensemble settings as well as classes in the jazz curriculum. Courses offered include jazz improvisation, jazz history, and jazz pedagogy, with ensembles including two big bands and combos. St. Joseph’s and Missouri Western’s close proximity to a major metro area also offers the students numerous opportunities to perform in the region, whether in university ensembles or their own groups. Since 2010, the Missouri Western Music Department has offered a Concentration in jazz, open to all music majors.
Director of Jazz Studies: Bob Long email@example.com
The Missouri Western State University Jazz Ensemble is one of two large jazz ensembles in the music program, and is the premiere jazz group of the university. The Jazz Ensemble has a rich and deep heritage of giving outstanding performances across the Midwest. Accomplishments include performing at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, the Wichita Jazz Festival, the Mobile Jazz Festival, as well as performing at the Missouri Music Educators Convention. Last year saw the Jazz Ensemble perform several times in the region as well as perform for the second time in three years at the Missouri Music Educators Conference. The Missouri Western Jazz Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of literature, ranging from the great classics of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to new and original material by some of today’s leading writers.
The MWSU Jazz Ensemble is conducted by Bob Long firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jazz Lab is the second of two big bands on the Missouri Western campus. The ensemble is open (through auditions) to any majors and non-majors on campus. The Jazz Lab’s focus is to further develop an appreciation and understanding of jazz literature written for this genre. A variety of literature is covered, ranging from newer originals to historical transcriptions. The Jazz Lab gives 3 to 4 performances each school year. As the name implies, the Jazz Lab is also used as a lab band, and may have student directors (who are in Jazz Pedagogy) standing in front of the group at various times working on their conducting/rehearsing skills. Music majors on secondary instruments are also encouraged to take this ensemble.
Providing workshops in staged music productions each fall and spring semesters, the MUS 318 course is available by audition to all Missouri Western students, singer and non-singer alike. Directed by Susan Carter, D.M.A., each actor/singer experiences the wonder of performing on stage with costumes, sets and orchestra. Past works have included full productions of Menotti’s The Medium, The Telephone, Barber’s Hand of Bridge on the main stage and scenes from Sondheim’s Into the Woods, performed for the Missouri Western Foundation dinner.
Renaissance & Chamber Singers
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Potter Hall houses the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre:
- Two large rehearsal halls
- A professional music library
- Private teaching studios
- Numerous well-equipped practice rooms
- Keyboard lab
- Computer labs
- “Smart” classrooms with up-to-date presentation technology
- State-of-the-art digital recording studio
For further information or reservation inquiry regarding Potter Hall Theater, please contact Michael Scroggs at email@example.com
In 2014 Missouri Western added a percussion annex.
Students have access to two full HD editing suites and a Pro Tools HD-3 Recording studio, including full surround sound.
Kemper Recital Hall is located in Leah Spratt Hall, and is another small hall, although more formal than the Choir Room. A 9-foot Concert Steinway is located here for performances. The seating capacity is 232 and has the capabilities of being a recital hall as well as a screening room with a large video projection screen and surround sound capabilities. This is primarily used for small concerts, film festivals and as a large lecture hall.