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.
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.
ASU Performing Ensembles
The most visible ensemble on campus, the Ram Band provides spirit for and represents the entire ASU community at special events on and off campus, at all home football games, as the exhibition band at local compositions, and travels to at least one away game each year. The Ram Band entertains audiences by performing and executing at the highest quality both musically and visually while having fun in a family style atmosphere.
For more information, contact:
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble comprised of outstanding students with exemplary musical talent from across the ASU campus. The Wind Ensemble provides a challenging musical environment through the performance of the highest quality modern and standard wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble performs multiple times throughout the semester and often features faculty soloists.
The Angelo State University Symphonic Band is an ensemble comprised of music majors on primary and secondary instruments as well as ASU students not majoring in music with no audition required to participate. The band provides an educational experience and serves as a musical outlet for students who wish to remain musically active in a less intense setting. The literature selected in this ensemble consists of a wide range of difficulty levels that is selected, in part, to provide music education students resources that can be used upon entering the profession - much like a “music education band literature course.”
For more information, contact:
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.
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.
For more information, contact:
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: Dr. Trent Shuey
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:
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.
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.
The ASU Trumpet Ensemble prepares repertoire that spans a wide variety of musical styles. The ensemble fosters an appreciation for teamwork and promotes the enjoyment of playing the trumpet.
Under the direction of Dr. John Irish, the ensemble was specially invited to perform at the 28th annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), held in Fort Worth, Texas. Trumpet ensembles from around the world were asked to submit recordings for inclusion in the prestigious “Trumpet Preludes” at the conference. A review and photo of the ensemble’s performance appeared in the October, 2003 issue of the ITG Journal which reached over 7,000 readers in 60 countries around the world. The group also performed at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Trumpet Day in 2014 during part of a tour of the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey area.
The ASU Trumpet Ensemble performs regularly in concert in the San Angelo area as well as in collaboration with nationally-known performers. The ensemble is open to all trumpeters.
Visit these websites to learn more about the Trumpet Ensemble:
- Sicut Servus by Giovanni Palestrina (arr. J. Irish)
- Lumen by Frederick Speck
- March for the Ark by C.P.E. Bach (arr. Edward H. Tarr)
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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:
Woodwind ensembles at ASU are the Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet.
The ASU String Quartet is formed by the finest String Majors at Angelo State University. The purpose of the ensemble is to develop musicians who can continue to make a positive contribution to the local community and engage them in a manner that will instill pride in our institution during their time at ASU and after graduation. Through its concerts, the string quartet supports the university, community and charitable organizations throughout the Concho Valley area. The performance schedule includes recitals, performances at selected university functions, and community outreach events.
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: Visual & Performing Arts Department, 325-942-2085
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.
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.
Student Academic Support Services
- General Services
- Resume Critiques
- Job Search Assistance
- Music careers and job postings in music and the arts, professional associations, miscellaneous career information, resume strategies, music education, and performance can be found on the music major career page.
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?”
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. Trent Shuey, 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.
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.