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Performance Ensembles

The USD Band Program (page under construction.) new for Fall 2015 is comprised of two bands: Concert and Pep Bands. Both groups meet Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall. The Concert Band will play high level repertoire and perform a final concert each semester, while the Pep Band plays several USD basketball games in addition to other events around campus. The band is also proud to be a part of the University's iPad classroom project: every band student will have an iPad throughout the semester. Through ForScore, TonalEnergy, and other apps, we look forward to integrating technology to heighten our musical experience. The bands look forward to future growth, including the formation of Marching Band in upcoming years, and collaboration with Torero Athletics as we follow the team to Las Vegas and other locations! For more information, please email Dr. Jeff Malecki, Director of Bands at
Director: Jeff Malecki, DMA

The Chamber Music Ensembles provides an opportunity for students and community members from all disciplines to discover the wonders and delights of playing chamber music.
Director: Angela Yeung, Ph.D.

The Choral Scholars is a vocal ensemble composed of select students of high academic caliber and possessing exceptional vocal ability, coupled with a unique scholarship program. The Choral Scholars perform at university and community functions, performance tours, and university concerts. The Scholars are available for both university functions and outside bookings, and maintain a repertoire that ranges from madrigals and motets to contemporary gospel, avant garde, and popular music.
Director: Emilie Amrein, DMA

The Concert Choir is a 40-member vocal ensemble of students and community members dedicated to the performance of major choral repertoire.
Director: Emilie Amrein, DMA.

The Gamelan Ensemble was formed in the Spring of 2012
Director: David Harnish, PhD and co-directed by Tyler Yamin, M.F.A.

The Jazz Ensemble was formed in the Fall of 2010.
Director: Justin Grinnell

The Mariachi Ensemble was formed in the Fall of 2012
Director: Serafin Parades

The Opera Workshop (page under construction) is a production of operas and musicals; coaching, directing, staging featuring students taking MUSIC 154/354. Auditions may be required.
Director: Ron Shaheen, PhD and Ryan Scrimger

The USD Strings (page under construction) new for Fall 2015, explores the amazingly rich and diverse repertoire that is written only for strings. Students who play the violin, viola, cello or double bass may enroll in the ensemble every semester.
Director: Angela Yeung, PhD