Music Ensembles and Courses

There are many music opportunities at the College providing opportunities for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Performance Courses

The College offers several performance courses in which students may enroll for academic credit. Both Royal Chorale (MUSI 1301-1306) and Concert Band (MUSI 1201-1206) meet weekly to explore a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through popular music. Each ensemble performs for the College community at the end of each semester.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in these ensembles—no audition necessary. Students also receive two Liberal Arts Convocation credits for each semester in which they participate, and priority lab registration in order to facilitate scheduling.

Applied Music Lessons

Another opportunity for students is Applied Music Lessons (MUSI 1211-1214), in which students receive private, personalized instruction in vocal or piano performance designed to help hone their technique and musicianship. An audition is required as enrollment is limited. All academic credit accumulated in music performance courses may be applied toward the free elective requirement in the curriculum.

Pit Orchestra

Every spring, STLCOP prepares a musical production, for which students can audition to be part of the cast. Instrumental musicians may be interested in performing with the Pit Orchestra, an integral part of the musical production. An audition is required, as the music tends to be quite challenging. Recent musicals include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Jazz Club

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in jazz performance can find like-minded individuals in Jazz Club. This student organization has weekly jam sessions where members work together to improve improvisation skills, while collaboratively making musical decisions on the tunes of the day. It is a very casual and supportive music-making environment where everyone can learn and express themselves. The Jazz Club gigs at various events throughout the year.

For more information about music activities, contact Tristan Frampton, assistant professor of music and director of music, at