The music department at Morningside College offers numerous ensemble opportunities for singers and instrumentalists. All Morningside College students are welcome to participate in music ensembles regardless of major.
Choral Music Ensembles
- The Morningside Choir is a select auditioned choral ensemble of forty-five singers that has been regionally and nationally recognized for its excellence in choral performance. The ensemble has earned a reputation for its artistic performance of a cappella choral repertoire. However, the ensemble also performs a wide array of musical styles and genres, including major choral/orchestral works. The choir performs in at least three concerts per semester, including Christmas at Morningside. The ensemble also takes a yearly regional tour in the spring. In addition, the group tours nationally and internationally, with recent trips to New York City, Japan, Italy, China, and Eastern Europe.
- Bel Canto is a non-auditioned treble chorus dedicated to producing high-level musical performance in a convivial atmosphere. The group is comprised of female singers from various majors and consists of students involved in other campus activities such as athletics and additional music ensembles. The choir performs in at least two Morningside choral concerts per semester, including Christmas at Morningside. The group serves as an ambassador for choral music in the Sioux City area by performing at area high schools and other community related events. In addition, the ensemble frequently combines to perform mixed choral literature with the Singing Men of Morningside.
- The Singing Men of Morningside is a non-auditioned male chorus dedicated to producing high-level musical performance in a convivial atmosphere. The group is comprised of tenor and bass singers from various majors and consists of students involved in other campus activities including athletics and additional music ensembles. The choir performs in at least two Morningside choral concerts per semester, including Christmas at Morningside. The group serves as an ambassador for choral music in the Sioux City area by performing at area high schools and other community related events. In addition, the ensemble frequently combines to perform mixed choral literature with Bel Canto.
- Composed of Morningside students and Sioux City area community members, the Morningside College Master Chorale is a non-auditioned choir that presents four concerts per year, including Christmas at Morningside. Singers in the ensemble include athletes, music majors, non-music majors, professors, staff members, and community vocalists. The ensemble performs a wide array of musical literature, ranging from large choral/orchestral works to choral octavos.
- The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs music written for winds and percussion. Its purpose is to bring the finest traditional and contemporary wind literature to audiences and represent Morningside College in the community. The band performs regular concerts and tours throughout the academic year. Recent trips include a 2009 tour of Italy, where the band performed in Rome, Venice, and Florence; and a performance tour of Spain in 2015. Previous band experience is recommended for membership, and students must audition at the beginning of each semester to determine seating placements and identify soloists. All students enrolled in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble also perform with the Marching Mustangs.
- The Jazz Ensemble performs music of various jazz styles through the use of big band and combos. It rehearses two days per week throughout the fall and spring semesters. One of Morningside’s most visible groups, the Jazz Ensemble regularly performs in venues throughout the community, while also hosting two on-campus concerts per semester. In recent years, the Jazz Ensemble has participated in competitions throughout the midwest. The group is open to any student who wishes to play jazz and improve their improvisation skills. Membership is determined through audition.
- The Marching Mustangs provide high energy and spirit during home football games with drum corps style halftime performances. The band weaves together a variety of music and innovative visual effects, creating an inventive and entertaining product. Winds, color guard, pit and marching percussion, synthesizers, and bass guitar are some of the Marching Mustangs’ key components. The band traveled to Rome, Georgia, in the fall of 2012 to join the Mustang Football Team at the NAIA National Championship game. All students are welcome to participate. The season begins with a camp one week prior to the start of fall classes. When classes are in session, the marching band rehearses three times per week. Prior membership in band/color guard is recommended.
- The Fever performs and entertains at Morningside men’s and women’s basketball games. The Fever is open to all students regardless of major. In addition to traditional pep band instrumentation, Fever also uses electric bass and drum set. Membership is determined by audition in mid-October, and rehearsals start in November. The athletic bands enjoy regular and postseason playing time.
- The Siouxland Youth Symphony consists of college string, wind, brass and percussion players, as well as top high school instrumentalists in the area. Students also may be offered paid positions in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, providing valuable professional work experience and additional income.
- Morningside’s chamber ensembles offer students a unique opportunity to perform and explore literature for their respective instrument. The Brass Quintet, Brass Choir, Woodwind Ensemble, Flute Choir, Trombone Choir, and Percussion Ensemble are a few of the chamber ensembles currently in action in our department. Each ensemble has its own rehearsal schedule, but the time commitment is usually two hours per week. Membership in these ensembles is determined through audition and/or invitation from the ensemble’s director.