Mount Mary University encourages you to explore your musical talents through a number of music ensembles, private lessons, music events and other music programs. While Mount Mary does not offer a major or minor in music or in music education, several music courses are offered for credit.
Each year, Mount Mary hosts several musical events on campus such as:
- spring and fall music concerts
- an annual Gospel Choir Jamboree
- faculty and guest artist concerts
- student recitals
- on-campus piano and instrumental auditions for area music organizations
For a complete list of upcoming events, see the University’s event calendar.
Music ensembles are open to all Mount Mary students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as to community members for credit or non-credit. Participation in the chorus or gospel choir may count as 2 credits toward fulfilling the fine arts core requirements. Learn more about music courses offered for credit in the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF).
Ensembles rehearse one evening each week and perform for campus and community events.
- Mount Mary University Chorus—This all-women’s chorus performs classical, pops and contemporary choral works. No audition or experience is necessary. Rehearsals are Monday evenings on campus. Contact Andrea Pelloquin for more information.
- Gospel Choir—This all-female group joins voices in a chorus that exemplifies a truly American tradition. No audition is required. Contact Debra Duff for more information.
- Chamber Orchestra—Part of Mount Mary’s time-honored traditions, the Chamber Orchestra performs diverse works. Participation is open to all students (for credit or audit) and community members with intermediate to advanced skills. Auditions are required and new instrumentalists (violin, viola, cello or bass) are welcome to audition anytime throughout the academic year. Contact Margaret (Peggy) Otwell for more information.
- Handbell Choir—With a long history at Mount Mary, the Handbell Choir performs works in a variety of musical styles including classical, pops, folk music and seasonal arrangements. This group is open to all students (for credit or audit). No prior experience is needed. Emphasis is on learning handbell technique and playing as an ensemble. Contact Margaret (Peggy) Otwell for more information.
Take private or group music lessons to develop your musical talents at Mount Mary. No prior experience is necessary.
Group lessons are available for guitar and piano. Group lessons may count for college credit and may count toward fulfilling fine arts core requirements. For information about piano classes, contact Margaret (Peggy) Otwell. For information about guitar classes, contact Jim Mitchell.
Private lessons (1/2 hour or 1 hour sessions) are offered for cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, piano, violin, viola or voice. Private lessons do not qualify for fine arts core credits. A $150 private lesson fee is charged.
Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for details on group and private lesson courses.
Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Program
Since 1984 Mount Mary has offered a music training program in Orff-Schulwerk for music specialists, music therapists, teachers, church musicians and independent music teachers. Course content follows the guidelines of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) for Teacher Training Courses. The courses are delivered through a minimum four-hour workshop each semester through the Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Contact Samantha Cruz for more information.