A Legacy of Excellence
You can participate in a wide variety of instrumental opportunities at Morningside, ranging from small chamber groups to large ensembles. March on the field with the Marching Mustangs or play with the Jazz Ensemble. Our ensembles are open to any student, regardless of major. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, our music department continues a rich tradition of music making that began more than 100 years ago with the founding of the Morningside Conservatory of Music. You may even be eligible for scholarships!
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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 and Color Guard
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.
Fever Pep Band
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
This ensemble 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 Sympony Orchestra, providing valuable professional work experience and additional income.
Morningside’s chamber ensembles offer you a unique opportunity to perform and explore literature for your 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.