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  • Advising


    Being advised is an important part of your academic life and is necessary prior to registering for courses. Each semester, you will meet with your adviser to review your current classes and plan for the upcoming semester.

    Throughout your time as a music major at ASU, your academic adviser is your principal applied lesson instructor. Any questions or concerns regarding the advising process should be addressed with the Chair of the Department of VPA.

    Degree Plan

    All students working toward a baccalaureate degree must complete a degree plan prior to the completion of 30 semester credit hours (before becoming a sophomore).

    Students without an approved degree plan should follow closely the course of study for their proposed major specified under the designated academic department in this Catalog. Failure to do so may result in a delay in the completion of the degree requirements.

    Degree plan forms are available in the appropriate departmental offices. For any degree, the student must confer with and receive approval for the degree plan from the academic department chair in the proposed major department and from the dean of the college.

    Once a student has completed the degree plan, the student is permitted to change the degree plan only with written approval of the department chair and dean of the college.

    The University will not be responsible for accepting any courses toward a baccalaureate degree at ASU which are taken by a student beyond the first semester of the junior year or the completion of 70 semester credit hours if the student has not had a degree plan completed and filed with the University.

    Certification requirements not a part of the student’s degree program will not be included in the degree plan. Students who want to obtain a certification area beyond what is required in their degree programs should consult the College of Education’s Educator Preparation Information Center.

    Certification requirements can change prior to the expiration of a degree plan. Students should consult with department chairs and the College of Education’s Educator Preparation Information Center to determine the latest certification requirements.

    Application for Graduation

    The student planning to receive a degree from Angelo State University should file an Application for Graduation with the dean of the appropriate academic college during registration for the student’s last semester, but in no event later than the designated date in the University calendar. For August graduation, the student should apply during the spring semester. No degree will be conferred until a degree plan has been approved and the Application for Graduation has been filed.

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  • Scholarships


    • ASU Jazz Band Scholarships

      Jazz Band Scholarships are available to all qualified students (music or non-music majors). Interested students should contact Dr. Timothy Bonenfant, director of the ASU Jazz Ensemble.

    • ASU Piano Scholarships

      Piano Scholarships are awarded to talented students who are majoring in music. Student must be admitted to ASU to apply. Awards are distributed annually and may be renewed for up to four years.

    • ASU Band, Choir, and Orchestra Scholarships

      Band, Choir, and/or Orchestra Scholarships are available to any musically talented students, regardless of major, who wish to participate in the band, choir, or orchestra programs at ASU. These scholarships, awarded by the director of bands, director of choral activities, and orchestra director respectively, may be renewed for a total of four years. Students must be admitted to ASU to apply. Students should contact the director of bands, Dr. Jonathan Alvis, director of choral activities, Dr. Pamela Lee, or Dr. Fagner Rocha, orchestra director, for information regarding application procedures. Students may receive both band and choir scholarships concurrently.

    • ASU F.A.M.E. Scholarships

      These scholarships are funded by the Angelo State University Friends of Art and Music Education (F.A.M.E.) and are available for students who wish to major in music. After being accepted for admission to ASU, incoming freshmen may apply for an ASU F.A.M.E. Scholarship. The ASU F.A.M.E. Board of Directors grants scholarship awards annually. These scholarships are based on set criteria and are renewable. The deadline date for applications is March 1. However, applications received up to June 1 may be considered if funds are still available.

    • Performing Arts Scholarships

      These annual scholarships are for music majors only and are renewable for a maximum of four years. Students who are gifted both musically and academically are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who are accepted for admission to the university and apply for the scholarship by April 1. However, applications received after that date may be considered if funds are still available. Click here to apply.

  • Registering

    Registering For Classes

    Here are some resources to help you prepare for registration:

  • Ensembles

    ASU Performing Ensembles

    • Marching Ram Band

      The Marching Ram Band heightens the competitive atmosphere at football games through a display of school spirit and entertaining performances. The Ram Band is the largest student organization on campus and offers its students the opportunity to develop life skills through teamwork and leadership, both on campus and beyond. In addition to performing at all home football games, the band generally travels to one away game each year.
      Regularly scheduled rehearsals are MWF 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

      For more information, contact:

    • Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

      The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing ensemble at the university. It educates its members and audiences by performing music literature of the most renowned composers and arrangers.

      This auditioned ensemble presents four major concerts each year and often features faculty, student and guest soloists.

      The Symphonic Band is dedicated to broadening the creative level and interest of its members while performing music of artistic and historical significance. No audition is required.

      For more information, contact:

    • Woodwind Ensembles

      Woodwind ensembles at ASU are the Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet.

    • Jazz Ensemble

      Performance in the Jazz Ensemble is central to the jazz emphasis at ASU. Meeting three times a week, the Jazz Ensemble rehearses and performs a variety of jazz styles, including swing, be-bop, fusion and contemporary settings. Participation in this ensemble prepares students for performances in the world of jazz and commercial music.

      Crucial to the jazz program is a concentrated emphasis on improvisation, the utmost expression of personal musical creativity. All students participate in regular “combo sessions” so that they experience improvising with a rhythm section. Students delve into the intricate mixture of melody, harmony and rhythm on which their musical ideas are based.

      The Jazz Ensemble offers student performers the opportunity to study a wide variety of jazz music, from the early days of its New Orleans birthplace to today’s jazz greats. ASU is proud to offer performances in this uniquely American art form.

      For more information, contact:

      • Timothy Bonenfant

        Dr. Timothy Bonenfant
        Associate Professor

        Dr. Timothy Bonenfant teaches classes in the Music Department that touch on many of the types of music used in contemporary film (classical, jazz, rock ‘n‘roll, etc.). He is intrigued by the way music can support a director’s message, e.g., the symphonic music used in the battle scenes of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, or the big band era recordings used in Woody Allen’s films.

    • Brass Choir

      The Brass Choir is a brass chamber ensemble for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba performers. The ensemble performs masterwork literature from the 16th through the 20th centuries in some of the most appealing venues for brass performance in San Angelo and the surrounding Concho Valley.

      This ensemble is open to both music major and non-music major brass players. No audition is required for membership. The Brass Choir performs each semester during the notable “Night of Brass” concert along with other smaller brass chamber ensembles. Rehearsal time for the Brass Choir is 3-3:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

      Other brass chamber ensembles in the department include the Trumpet Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Quintet.

      For more information, visit Dr. John Irish’s website, Brass at ASU.

    • Trumpet Ensemble

      The Trumpet Ensemble prepares repertoire that span a variety of musical styles. The ensemble fosters an appreciation for teamwork and promotes the enjoyment of playing the trumpet.

      The Trumpet Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. John Irish and performs regularly in concert as well as in collaboration with nationally known performers. The group is open to all trumpeters.

      Visit these websites to learn more about the Trumpet Ensemble:


      For More Information

    • Basketball Ram Horns

      The ASU Ram Horns is a high-energy spirit ensemble that performs at all of the home basketball games for the Rams and Rambelles, plus other select university and community engagements. Students in the ensemble are selected through an audition process held in early September.


      For more information, contact:

    • Percussion Ensemble

      Under the direction of Trent Shuey, the Angelo State University Percussion Ensemble (ASUPE) performs a wide repertoire of music written specifically for percussion instruments. The ensemble consists of students with varying degrees of percussion experience, and membership is open to any current ASU student with a background in percussion. ASUPE performs two on-campus concerts each year in addition performances at public schools and community events. 

      The ASU Percussion Ensemble is committed to providing members with a high-quality performance environment as well as producing entertaining and educational programs for our audience. ASUPE concerts regularly present a variety of musical selections that represent various styles and instrumentations, including landmark percussion ensemble compositions, works appropriated for percussion ensemble, music from cultures around the world, and cutting-edge new music. Programs include works by John Cage, Glenn Kotche, Anthony Cirone, Steve Reich, Michael Colgrass, Ivan Trevino, David Skidmore, Russell Hartenberger, Jeffrey Smith, and Blake Tyson; as well as arrangements of original compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Hellmesberger, and Pat Metheny.

      For more information, contact:

    • Flute Choir

      The Flute Choir is directed by Dr. Constance Kelley and is open to all members of the student body who play the flute and seek a venue for musical expression through teamwork.

      Repertoire for this ensemble is selected from standard literature, transcriptions and new compositions as well as from arrangements for the flute family.

      The Flute Choir performs in regularly scheduled Woodwind Chamber Ensemble concerts and in community outreach efforts.

      For more information, contact:

    • Symphony Orchestra

      The Angelo State University Symphony Orchestra provides exceptional training and experience for student musicians.  The ensemble performs standard orchestral masterworks as well as modern literature. Through concerts and educational programs the symphony fosters an appreciation for music and enriches the community. The symphony performs one or two concerts each semester along with various community and university outreach events.

      The ensemble is open to musicians regardless of their academic major.  Auditions for woodwinds, brass, and percussion are held during the first week of each semester. Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) with previous playing experience may enroll without an audition. Scholarships for all orchestral instruments are available by audition.

    • Chamber Strings

      Angelo State University’s Chamber Strings is a collective of musicians who form small string ensembles to support the university, community, and charitable organizations throughout the Concho Valley. This ensemble recognizes the intrinsic ability of music to improve the human condition. The purpose of the ensemble is to engage the broader community in a manner that will instill pride in our institution, and to develop musicians who can continue to make a positive contribution to their communities after graduation regardless of their academic major.

      The ensemble is open to strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) and piano by audition. The performance schedule varies from semester to semester and includes recitals, performances at selected university functions, and community outreach events.

    • Double Bass Ensemble

      The Double Bass Ensemble gives bass players the opportunity to stretch their skills and perform as members of a unique ensemble. The group performs once or twice each semester for special events.

    • Concert Chorale

      This group is a large mixed ensemble open to any student, regardless of major. No audition is required.

      The Concert Chorale comprises 80-100 singers representing nearly every department on campus. The ensemble presents two concerts each semester and performs a wide array of literature, including a major work with orchestra each year.

      Rehearsals are from 1-1:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

      For more information, contact:

    • Chamber Singers

      The Chamber Singers is a small, mixed ensemble consisting of 24-36 outstanding vocalists. It performs a repertoire that encompasses a broad range of styles and languages. Membership is by competitive audition.

      Rehearsals are from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. This group also serves as the leadership core of the Concert Chorale in rehearsal and performance.

      For more information, contact:


  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Building Hours

    Carr Education-Fine Arts Building

    • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
    • Friday: 7a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Sunday: Noon to 11 p.m.

    Health and Wellness Guide

    This guide offers important information on health and wellness for the musician.
    Health-Wellness Guide


    Jury Form

    Student Concerns

    Students wishing to address concerns about any aspect of the music unit should direct these concerns to the Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The Chair has an open door policy and encourages discussion with students. If the response given does not sufficiently address the concern, the student is asked to follow the chain of command to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and then to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Angelo State University. Students enrolled via distance education have the same rights and responsibilities regarding complaints or other concerns as students attending face-to-face classes at ASU, and the same policies and procedures apply.

    Information on the policies and procedures mentioned can be found in the Student Handbook and in OP 10.03 Grade Grievance.

    Student Academic Support Services

    International Opportunities

    Careers Services

    Student Organizations

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Who do I contact about auditioning?

      To schedule an audition, fill out the Prospective Student Form. After submitting, please follow the instructions for scheduling an audition and a representative from the department will contact you with more details.

      Do I need to send my music ahead of time?

      You only need to provide a copy of your music if you need an accompanist. If so, you can either mail it to the Visual and Performing Arts Department at ASU Station #10906, San Angelo, TX 76909-0906, or fax it to 325-942-2152. 

      Do I need to provide my own accompanist or will one be provided for me?

      We will have an accompanist available or you may bring your own.

      About how long is the audition process?

      The audition process takes about an hour.

      Do I need to audition for the Marching Ram Band?

      No, it is open to any ASU student.

      How do I make sure I’m on the list for “Early Week?”

      If you are unsure, stop by the Ram Band web page and fill out a Prospective Student Form.

      Will my marching shoes from high school work, or will I have to purchase new ones?

      The Ram Band uses flat black marching shoes. If you have those shoes, you will not need to purchase new ones.

      Are there scholarships available for Ram Band?

      Yes. Scholarship applications are on the Ram Band web page

      Do I need to audition if I want to be in the Jazz Band?

      No. However, we suggest that you visit with Dr. Tim Bonenfant, director of the Jazz Band.

      Are there scholarships available for Jazz Band?

      Yes. But no application is required.

      When are auditions for the Angelettes?

      Live auditions are generally held in late April. Visit the Angelettes web page to learn more.

      What are the requirements for the Angelettes?

      A comprehensive list of mastered techniques is available on the Angelettes web page.

      Are there any Angelettes scholarships?

      Girls who are selected for the team receive a scholarship that increases every year that they remain on the team.

      When and where are twirling auditions?

      Live twirling auditions are held in mid-April. Audition information is posted on the Ram Band web page.

      When are the music scholarship deadlines, and when will I be notified if I’ve been awarded a scholarship?

      Scholarship applications for current students are due March 1. Scholarship applications for incoming freshmen and transfer students are due June 1. Generally, scholarships for current students are awarded by April 1.