Studios & Ensembles

We are proud of our award-winning groups, many of which have appeared at state, regional, national and international music conferences. Our ensembles perform in a variety of venues including O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (St. Paul) and Orchestra Hall (downtown Minneapolis). Taking pride in our innovative programming, St. Thomas ensembles have commissioned over 80 works by nationally recognized composers. Instrumental and choral ensembles perform with guest artists from around the country and abroad and regularly appear on commercial recording labels. Ensembles are open to all students by audition. 

Free Elective Credit
Students earn free academic credit for ensemble participation (a tuition savings of $1,164.50/ensemble/semester).

Free Fine Arts Credit
Students may fulfill their Fine Arts Requirement free of charge by participating in a large ensemble for four semesters (a tuition savings of over $4,600).

Free Music Lessons
Freshmen enrolled in a large ensemble are also eligible for free 30-minute, one-credit music lessons on their performing instrument (a tuition savings of over $1,400).

* indicates large ensemble

Guitar Studio & Ensembles

  • Guitar Ensemble *
  • Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • Small Guitar Ensemble

Learn more about the St. Thomas Guitar Studio.

Keyboard Studio & Ensembles

  • Accompanying Ensemble: art song and chamber music repertoire
  • Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Piano Ensemble: two-piano and piano duet repertoire
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 

Learn more about the St. Thomas Keyboard Studio.

St. Thomas Bands Program

  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble *
  • Symphonic Band *
  • Brass Choir
  • Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Percussion and African Music Ensembles
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • The St. Thomas Chamber Winds: a student/faculty collaborative ensemble

Learn more about the St. Thomas Bands Program.

St. Thomas Choirs Program

  • Chamber Singers *
  • Concert Choir *
  • Donne Unite Women's Choir *
  • Festival Choir: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, combined
  • Jazz Singers
  • Liturgical Choir *
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • Schola Cantorum

Learn more about the St. Thomas Choirs Program.

St. Thomas Strings Program

  • Chamber String Ensembles
  • New Music Ensemble: a mixed instrumental group devoted to the study and performance of new music 
  • Popular Music Ensemble: all genres and types of American popular music 
  • String Orchestra*

Learn more about the St. Thomas Strings Program.