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Department of Music

Akin Auditorium


Our program sets the standard of musical excellence on campus and in the North Texas area. Classroom preparation, in combination with performance opportunities, encourage professional growth and provide the knowledge, skill, attitude, and appreciation for success as a professional educator and/or performer. Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.



Information for the "Golden Thunder" Marching Band 2017

  • Band Camp begins on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 and ends on Thursday, August 24th, 2017.
  • All students check into the dorms in the morning. The general meeting begins at 3:00 PM in the Fain Instrumental Building, Rm. 105 (Rehearsal Hall)
  • All students are able to participate in the band! Color guard camp will begin in July and those dates are TBD. Percussionists  should contact Dr. Gordon Hicken (gordon.hicken@mwsu.edu) immediately if they have not done so already.
  • We have six home dates, including the first game on Thursday, August 31st, 2017. We will end our regular season in San Antonio for the UIL State Championships on Monday, November 6th, 2017.
  • Uniforms are provided for. You are required to have a set of marching shoes (white) for the uniform. Guard uniforms are also provided, except for shoes. In the event that a secondary uniform change is made, it may require a pair of dance pants (depending).
  • Percussion should be in contact with Dr. Hicken regarding stick purchases.
  • Scholarships are processed at the beginning of the season (unless otherwise set up)

Information for Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble Auditions

  • Auditions for all three concert ensembles will be Thursday and Friday, August 24th-25th, 2017. Audition times will be up outside Dr. Luttrell's door (F103).
  • Audition music for all three ensembles will be up on July 1st, 2017 on the main website as well as the Facebook page. Download the music, print it off, and be prepared. More on audition preparation later....
  • Musicians on Drumset, Guitar, Bass, and Piano will audition together at a specified time. Vocalists are also encouraged to audition for the Jazz Ensemble. 

Remember, THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE IN THE BANDS! We hope to see you in the Fall!

 Dr. Matthew Luttrell (matthew.luttrell@mwsu.edu)

Director of Bands

Click here for the 2017 Golden Thunder Marching Band Registration


University Choir Auditions

All are welcome to sing in the choir!

  • University Choir is MSU’s large choir, open to music majors and non-music majors alike.
  • University Choir meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00-2:50.
  • Auditions are Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25. Sign up outside Dr. Heidebrecht’s office, C117I.
  • In order to be a member of University Choir you must audition with Dr. Heidebrecht and be registered for University Choir, MUSC 1001, 2001, 3001, or 4001

 University Choir audition entails:

  1. Vocal Warmup to hear your range
  2. A long note to scale your lung capacity
  3. Echo a series of pitch patterns to check pitch recall
  4. Sight read one short musical passage.

 Midwestern Singers Auditions

  • Midwestern Singers is MSU’s premier vocal chamber ensemble.
  • Midwestern Singers meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00-12:50.
  • Auditions are Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25. Sign up outside Dr. Heidebrecht’s office, C117I.
  • To be for Midwestern Singers, you must audition with Dr. Heidebrecht, sing in University Choir, and be registered for Midwestern Singers, MUSC 1981, 2981, 3981, or 4981.

 Midwestern Singers audition entails:

  1. Vocal Warmup to hear your range
  2. A long note to scale your lung capacity
  3. Echo a series of pitch patterns to check pitch recall
  4. Sight read selections that will include melody and harmony

Dale Heidebrecht, Director of Choral Activities 

dale.heidebrecht@mwsu.edu