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Music Department Ensembles

The Mount Chorus

“When choirs sing, many hearts beat as one. It's a beautiful way to feel. You are not alone but with others who feel the same way.” - Bjorn Vic

The Mount Chorus is the women’s choral ensemble at Mount Saint Mary’s University. The ensemble welcomes students who love to sing from all disciplines across the campus and performs an eclectic mix of repertoire written specifically for treble voices. Concerts encompass a wide spectrum of literature and styles including Hildegard von Bingen’s chant of the 12th century, classical women’s choral repertoire, musical theatre, jazz and world/folk music. The ensemble performs for campus events and at least once each semester in Mary Chapel on the Chalon Campus as well as in the Pompeian Room of the Doheny Mansion.

In 2015 the Mount Chorus embarked on their first winter tour with performances at high schools, and churches in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. The ensemble has participated in collaborative performances with choirs including the Trinity Chorus, San Antonio Texas, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN, Tesserae Baroque Ensemble, and most recently the Women’s Ensemble Capella Artemisia from Bologna, Italy. The Mount Chorus is dedicated to sharing music beyond the campus, believing that power resides in our collective song.

•   Rehearsal Schedule: MWF, 4:40-6:10pm - Mary Chapel

•   Placement hearing required for NEW members

•   Students must register for MUS 19/119 0-1

•   Dr. Therese Fassnacht, Conductor,



The Mount Singers

The Mount Singers is a 4-6 member auditioned acapella ensemble at MSMU. The Mount Singer perform with the Mount Chorus and are also called on to perform for special University events. We have a great time performing a variety of styles of music from Renaissance to Vocal Jazz. Singers are required to demonstrate vocal independence and strong musicianship.  Students from all disciplines are welcome to audition each semester. Selection requires that you are member of the Mount Chorus.

•   Rehearsal times are based on schedules of selected singers

•   Audition required for NEW members

•   Students must register for MUS 21-121 0-1

•   Contact Dr. Therese Fassnacht for more information



Chamber Ensemble 



The Mount Bridge Orchestra

“The Bridge” Performance Ensemble for instrumentalists of all kinds

Do you play an instrument? Make music with Derrick Spiva, MSMU’s new Instrumental Ensembles Director. You’ll perform orchestral classics as well as Derrick’s original music compositions. And you’ll have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with his professional ensemble Bridge to Everywhere. Bass, cello, clarinet, drums, electric guitar, flute, ophicleide, piano, saxophone, etc., etc. are all welcome! You must be able to read music to participate.

•   Rehearsal Schedule: Tues 6-9pm Hannon Theatre

•   Hearing required for NEW members

•   Students must register for MUS 60/160 0-1

•   Derrick Spiva Jr.    Conductor,