Music Ensembles

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.

Vocal Music Ensembles

  • The Morningside College Choir is an auditioned group of about 35 students that performs frequently on and off campus. The ensemble tours every year. Recent tours include a trip to Italy where students performed in Rome, Venice and Florence, and a trip to New York City where they performed at Carnegie Hall. The choir also has traveled to China and to Eastern Europe.
  • Bel Canto Singers performs music composed specifically for women’s voices. Repertoire is selected from the finest compositions from the Renaissance era through the present. The ensemble is open to all women on campus who love to sing. No audition is required.
  • Singing Men of Morningside performs a variety of music written specifically for male choirs. It also performs at many events, both on and off campus. The ensemble is open to all men on campus. No audition is required.
  • Choral Union combines the Morningside College Choir, Singing Men of Morningside and Bel Canto Women’s Choir. It regularly performs major choral/orchestral works with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. It also is a large part of the annual concert “Christmas at Morningside” that has become an important tradition at the college and a must-see event for our community.
  • Eclectix Vocal Jazz Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of jazz, show and pop tunes both a cappella and with a rhythm section. The ensemble has been featured at jazz festivals, on public radio broadcasts and at local events throughout the Siouxland community.
  • Opera Theatre is an opportunity for singers to form small ensembles and perform staged scenes from operas and operettas.
  • Show Choir is one of the newest vocal ensembles on campus. If you really liked performing with your high school show choir, you may want to check out our group of singing and dancing Morningsiders.

Instrumental Ensembles

  • The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a concert band, performing music written for winds and percussion. Previous band experience is recommended for membership and an audition/interview at the beginning of each semester will be used for seating placements and to identify soloists.
  • The Jazz Band performs music written for big band. Jazz Band is open to students that play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, trap set, piano, bass or guitar. Membership is through audition and/or recommendation in the fall as soon as classes begin. 
  • The Marching Mustangs and Color Guard perform at all home football games. They provide half-time shows on the field and game support from the stands. Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, drumline and pit percussion, synthesizers, bass guitar and regular guitar. Equipment and uniforms are provided. Everyone is welcome, though auditions may be required for specialty instruments. Band camp starts one week before classes start.
  • Fever Pep Band performs and entertains at Morningside men’s and women’s basketball games. The Fever is composed of all traditional band instruments, as well as electric bass, trap set and guitar. All students are encouraged to participate. Auditions are merely for part assignment and not for inclusion. Auditions take place the first week in October. 
  • 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.
  • Collaborative Piano and Piano Ensemble give qualified pianists the opportunity to receive academic credit for performing with other student musicians. This could include chamber ensembles using piano, solo accompanying, and large ensemble accompanying.
  • String Chamber Ensembles give qualified string players the opportunity to perform in small ensembles coached by string faculty members.
  • Wind, Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles perform a wide variety of literature written for their respective instrumentation. Membership in these ensembles is through audition and/or recommendation from directors.