Music Program for Future Students
The music program at Angelo State University welcomes ensemble participation from majors and non-majors. Performers in our concert ensembles represent virtually every major on campus and come from schools of every size and region of the state. If you love music, we have a place for you in our music program. Scholarships are available for those participating in the band, choir or orchestra. We look forward to having you share your talents with the campus, community and audiences around the state.
Music Major and Minor Auditions
2021 Spring Audition Dates
- Feb. 5, 19, 26
- March 19-20
- April 23
- Alternative dates are available by appointment.
All students interested in pursuing a degree in music or a minor in music must audition and be accepted into the music program. To schedule an audition, complete and submit the Prospective Student Form and follow the instructions to request an audition date. A representative from the department will contact you with more details. Students currently attending ASU who wish to pursue a degree in music should begin the process by contacting the appropriate studio instructor. View the specific audition requirements for your instrument or voice and contact the appropriate studio professor assistance.
Plan to arrive 15-30 minutes before the scheduled audition, if not taking advantage of the Shadow Program. Practice rooms are available.
Students should plan to arrive 15-30 minutes before their scheduled audition. Practice rooms are available for warming up. Before and after the audition, there will be an opportunity to meet with current students and faculty. After the audition, students will take the Music Theory diagnostic exam after which they may take a guided tour of the facility.
Auditions for Transfer Admission
Students who want to transfer to Angelo State must complete the regular admission process to the university, as well as audition for acceptance into the music program. The audition process is the same as those outlined for entering freshmen. Transfer students will also be required to take placement examinations in music theory and aural skills. Transcripts of previous work will be required before full acceptance and placement are determined.
Please contact the applied professor for your instrument if you have questions.
Flute - Dr. Constance Kelley 325-486-6032
Oboe/Bassoon - Dr. Jeff Womack 325-486-6040
Clarinet/Saxophone - Dr. Timothy Bonenfant 325-486-6029
Piano - Dr. Steven Keniston 325-486-6030
Trumpet/Horn - Dr. John Irish 325-486-6034
Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba - Dr. Matthew Shipes 325-486-6039
Percussion - Mr. Trent Shuey 325-486-6036
Violin/Viola/Cello/Double Bass - Dr. Fagner Rocha 325-486-6014
Voice - Dr. Scott Raines 325-486-6038
Angelo State University provides a variety of scholarship opportunities for talented students who desire to major or minor in music or to participate in one of our outstanding ensembles. Available scholarships include:
Performing Arts Scholarships
These annual scholarships are for music majors only and are renewable for a maximum of four years. Students who are gifted both musically and academically are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who are accepted for admission to the university and apply for the scholarship by March 1. However, applications received after that date may be considered if funds are still available. Interested students should complete the Performing Arts Application.
ASU Band, Choir, and Orchestra Scholarships
Band, Choir, and/or Orchestra Scholarships are available to any musically talented students, regardless of major, who wish to participate in the band, choir, or orchestra programs at ASU. These scholarships, awarded by the director of bands, director of choral activities, and orchestra director respectively, may be renewed for a total of four years. Students must be admitted to ASU to apply. Students should contact the director of bands, Dr. Jonathan Alvis, director of choral activities, Dr. Marla Ringel, or Dr. Fagner Rocha, orchestra director, for information regarding application procedures.
ASU F.A.M.E. Scholarships
These scholarships are funded by the Angelo State University Friends of Art and Music Education (F.A.M.E.) and are available for students who wish to major in music. After being accepted for admission to ASU, incoming freshmen may apply for an ASU F.A.M.E. Scholarship. The ASU F.A.M.E. Board of Directors grants scholarship awards annually. These scholarships are based on set criteria and are renewable. The deadline date for applications is March 1. However, applications received up to June 1 may be considered if funds are still available. Application information is available on the Departmental Scholarships page.
ASU Jazz Band Scholarships
Jazz Band Scholarships are available to all qualified students (music or non-music majors). Interested students should contact Dr. Trent Shuey director of the ASU Jazz Ensemble.
ASU Piano Scholarships
Piano Scholarships are awarded to talented students who are majoring in music. Awards are distributed annually and may be renewed for up to four years.
ASU Performing Ensembles
The most visible ensemble on campus, the Ram Band provides spirit for and represents the entire ASU community at special events on and off campus, at all home football games, as the exhibition band at local compositions, and travels to at least one away game each year. The Ram Band entertains audiences by performing and executing at the highest quality both musically and visually while having fun in a family style atmosphere.
For more information, contact:
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble comprised of outstanding students with exemplary musical talent from across the ASU campus. The Wind Ensemble provides a challenging musical environment through the performance of the highest quality modern and standard wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble performs multiple times throughout the semester and often features faculty soloists.
The Angelo State University Symphonic Band is an ensemble comprised of music majors on primary and secondary instruments as well as ASU students not majoring in music with no audition required to participate. The band provides an educational experience and serves as a musical outlet for students who wish to remain musically active in a less intense setting. The literature selected in this ensemble consists of a wide range of difficulty levels that is selected, in part, to provide music education students resources that can be used upon entering the profession - much like a “music education band literature course.”
For more information, contact:
This group is a large mixed ensemble open to any student, regardless of major. No audition is required.
The Concert Chorale comprises 80-100 singers representing nearly every department on campus. The ensemble presents two concerts each semester and performs a wide array of literature, including a major work with orchestra each year.
Rehearsals are from 1-1:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
The Angelo State University Symphony Orchestra provides exceptional training and experience for student musicians. The ensemble performs standard orchestral masterworks as well as modern literature. Through concerts and educational programs the symphony fosters an appreciation for music and enriches the community. The symphony performs one or two concerts each semester along with various community and university outreach events.
The ensemble is open to musicians regardless of their academic major. Auditions for woodwinds, brass, and percussion are held during the first week of each semester. Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) with previous playing experience may enroll without an audition. Scholarships for all orchestral instruments are available by audition.
For more information, contact:
Performance in the Jazz Ensemble is central to the jazz emphasis at ASU. Meeting three times a week, the Jazz Ensemble rehearses and performs a variety of jazz styles, including swing, be-bop, fusion and contemporary settings. Participation in this ensemble prepares students for performances in the world of jazz and commercial music.
Crucial to the jazz program is a concentrated emphasis on improvisation, the utmost expression of personal musical creativity. All students participate in regular “combo sessions” so that they experience improvising with a rhythm section. Students delve into the intricate mixture of melody, harmony and rhythm on which their musical ideas are based.
The Jazz Ensemble offers student performers the opportunity to study a wide variety of jazz music, from the early days of its New Orleans birthplace to today’s jazz greats. ASU is proud to offer performances in this uniquely American art form.
For more information, contact: Dr. Trent Shuey
Basketball Ram Horns
The ASU Ram Horns is a high-energy spirit ensemble that performs at all of the home basketball games for the Rams and Rambelles, plus other select university and community engagements. Students in the ensemble are selected through an audition process held in early September.
For more information, contact:
The Brass Choir is a brass chamber ensemble for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba performers. The ensemble performs masterwork literature from the 16th through the 20th centuries in some of the most appealing venues for brass performance in San Angelo and the surrounding Concho Valley.
This ensemble is open to both music major and non-music major brass players. No audition is required for membership. The Brass Choir performs each semester during the notable “Night of Brass” concert along with other smaller brass chamber ensembles.
Other brass chamber ensembles in the department include the Trumpet Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Quintet.
For more information, visit Dr. John Irish’s website, Brass at ASU.
The ASU Trumpet Ensemble prepares repertoire that spans a wide variety of musical styles. The ensemble fosters an appreciation for teamwork and promotes the enjoyment of playing the trumpet.
Under the direction of Dr. John Irish, the ensemble was specially invited to perform at the 28th annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), held in Fort Worth, Texas. Trumpet ensembles from around the world were asked to submit recordings for inclusion in the prestigious “Trumpet Preludes” at the conference. A review and photo of the ensemble’s performance appeared in the October, 2003 issue of the ITG Journal which reached over 7,000 readers in 60 countries around the world. The group also performed at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Trumpet Day in 2014 during part of a tour of the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey area.
The ASU Trumpet Ensemble performs regularly in concert in the San Angelo area as well as in collaboration with nationally-known performers. The ensemble is open to all trumpeters.
Visit these websites to learn more about the Trumpet Ensemble:
- Sicut Servus by Giovanni Palestrina (arr. J. Irish)
- Lumen by Frederick Speck
- March for the Ark by C.P.E. Bach (arr. Edward H. Tarr)
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Under the direction of Trent Shuey, the Angelo State University Percussion Ensemble (ASUPE) performs a wide repertoire of music written specifically for percussion instruments. The ensemble consists of students with varying degrees of percussion experience, and membership is open to any current ASU student with a background in percussion. ASUPE performs two on-campus concerts each year in addition performances at public schools and community events.
The ASU Percussion Ensemble is committed to providing members with a high-quality performance environment as well as producing entertaining and educational programs for our audience. ASUPE concerts regularly present a variety of musical selections that represent various styles and instrumentations, including landmark percussion ensemble compositions, works appropriated for percussion ensemble, music from cultures around the world, and cutting-edge new music. Programs include works by John Cage, Glenn Kotche, Anthony Cirone, Steve Reich, Michael Colgrass, Ivan Trevino, David Skidmore, Russell Hartenberger, Jeffrey Smith, and Blake Tyson; as well as arrangements of original compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Hellmesberger, and Pat Metheny.
For more information, contact:
Woodwind ensembles at ASU are the Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet.
The ASU String Quartet is formed by the finest String Majors at Angelo State University. The purpose of the ensemble is to develop musicians who can continue to make a positive contribution to the local community and engage them in a manner that will instill pride in our institution during their time at ASU and after graduation. Through its concerts, the string quartet supports the university, community and charitable organizations throughout the Concho Valley area. The performance schedule includes recitals, performances at selected university functions, and community outreach events.
The Chamber Singers is a small, mixed ensemble consisting of 24-36 outstanding vocalists. It performs a repertoire that encompasses a broad range of styles and languages. Membership is by competitive audition.
Rehearsals are from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. This group also serves as the leadership core of the Concert Chorale in rehearsal and performance.
For more information, contact: Visual & Performing Arts Department, 325-942-2085
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I contact about auditioning?
To schedule an audition, fill out the Prospective Student Form. After submitting, please follow the instructions for scheduling an audition and a representative from the department will contact you with more details.
Do I need to send my music ahead of time?
You only need to provide a copy of your music if you need an accompanist. If so, you can either mail it to the Visual and Performing Arts Department at ASU Station #10906, San Angelo, TX 76909-0906, or fax it to 325-942-2152.
Do I need to provide my own accompanist or will one be provided for me?
We will have an accompanist available or you may bring your own.
About how long is the audition process?
The audition process takes about an hour.
Do I need to audition for the Marching Ram Band?
No, it is open to any ASU student.
How do I make sure I’m on the list for “Early Week?”
Will my marching shoes from high school work, or will I have to purchase new ones?
The Ram Band uses flat black marching shoes. If you have those shoes, you will not need to purchase new ones.
Are there scholarships available for Ram Band?
Yes. Scholarship applications are on the Ram Band web page.
Do I need to audition if I want to be in the Jazz Band?
No. However, we suggest that you visit with Dr. Trent Shuey, director of the Jazz Band.
Are there scholarships available for Jazz Band?
Yes. But no application is required.
When are auditions for the Angelettes?
Live auditions are generally held in late April. Visit the Angelettes web page to learn more.
Are there any Angelettes scholarships?
Girls who are selected for the team receive a scholarship that increases every year that they remain on the team.
When and where are twirling auditions?
Live twirling auditions are held in mid-April. Audition information is posted on the Ram Band web page.
When are the music scholarship deadlines, and when will I be notified if I’ve been awarded a scholarship?
Scholarship applications for current students are due March 1. Scholarship applications for incoming freshmen and transfer students are due June 1. Generally, scholarships for current students are awarded by April 1.
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Department of Art and Music
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San Angelo, TX 76909-0906
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