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Music Programs
Music Building, Room 101
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The School of Music offers many opportunities for students to continue their interests and participation in music. All students are encouraged to be a part of any of the Texas State bands, choirs, jazz bands, Latin music ensembles, symphony orchestra and various other ensembles. Some ensembles require an audition; information on auditions can be found at

Band Area
There are five band ensembles at Texas State:
  • The Wind Symphony is an auditioned group that consists of the top wind and percussion musicians in the university, regardless of major. The ensemble performs the finest repertoire written for wind band, collaborates with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and composers and makes appearances across the United States. The ensemble has been featured in concert at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Seattle, Washington, at regional conferences of the CBDNA in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, and at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.
  • The Symphonic Winds presents several concerts each year, performing traditional and contemporary band literature, and collaborates with guest artists. Placement in the ensemble is open to all majors through audition.
  • The Concert Band meets each semester, presenting several concerts, and is open to all university students. Non-music majors do not have to audition to be a member of this ensemble.


  • The Bobcat Marching Band (BMB) is the largest spirit organization on campus. The BMB performs high-energy, entertaining shows at all home football games, at least one out-of-town game and in exhibition performances at various festivals in the region. In recent years, the BMB has performed at two NFL games as the halftime entertainment, at BOA Super Regional in the Alamodome and at the Fiesta Flambeau parade in San Antonio. The BMB has been selected for video presentation at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in 2007, 2011 and 2013. 
  • The Bobcat Basketball Band (B3) meets in the spring semester and performs at all women's and men's home games and travels with the teams to the post-season tournaments.
All students, regardless of major, are invited and encouraged to participate in these organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Caroline Beatty, director of bands, at
Choral Area
Texas State has five choral ensembles that allow students to earn credit and two additional extracurricular choral groups :
  • Texas State Chorale
  • University Singers 
  • Women’s Choir 
  • Men’s Choir 
  • VocaLibre 


  • Heart of Texas Chorus 
  • Gospel Expressions
The credited ensembles are open to all interested students regardless of major. Membership in the Texas State Chorale, University Singers and VocaLibre requires an audition. Women's Choir and Men's Choir do not require and audition to participate. Gospel Expressions and the Heart of Texas Chorus are non-credited ensembles and require no audition.
For more information regarding the choral ensembles at Texas State and auditions, visit the chorale website,, or contact Dr. Joey M. Martin, director of choral activities, at

Jazz Area
Texas State has three jazz ensembles and multiple jazz combos:
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Lab Band
  • Jazz Combos
Jazz ensembles and combos are open to all Texas State students regardless of major, but an audition is required for placement; audition information can be found at
Texas State hosts the Hill Country Jazz Festival, and jazz ensembles participate in national and international festivals and competitions. In addition, the jazz area brings in nationally recognized artists to give master classes and perform with the ensembles. Past guest artists have included Bob Mintzer, Clark Terry, Peter Erskine, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shrew, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm and many more. For information, contact Dr. Russell Haight, jazz area coordinator, at
Latin Music Ensembles
Texas State has five Latin music ensembles
  • Mariachi Nueva Generación
  • Mariachi Lince de Oro
  • Salsa del Rio
  • Orquesta del Rio
  • Afro-Caribbean Lab
All students, regardless of major, are encouraged to participate in these ensembles. Audition information can be found at
These groups have outstanding reputations and have represented Texas State at the national and international levels. The mariachi ensembles appear regularly the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, and Mariachi Nueva Generacion has taken first place in four of the last five years. In 2010, Texas State took first place in the university ensemble competition and swept all three places in the solo voice competition for the first time ever.
The mariachi program hosts the annual Feria del Mariachi on campus, at which it presents a lifetime achievement award, La Voz de Oro, to an internationally acclaimed artist who has contributed greatly to the art of Mariachi music. Recipients include Pedro Fernandez and Angeles Ochoa.
The salsa area hosts Salsa Nights once a month at George’s in the LBJ Student Center. In addition, Salsa del Rio was awarded a DownBeat award for its 2007 CD, Lloraras y Lloraras. The group has received four Premios ala Música Latina awards for its outstanding work.
Opera Workshop and Texas State Opera Theatre
The Texas State Opera Theatre and the opera workshop are open to all interested students regardless of major. However, students must audition for both groups. The opera workshop course helps establish, fortify and apply basic concepts of stagecraft and acting for the young singer interested in performing on stage. This course helps create a strong and emotionally involved performance through the use of improvisation, character analysis and movement.
The Texas State Opera Theatre performs a major production each semester in addition to several opera scenes. The group works hand-in-hand with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra and/or Chamber Orchestra for major productions. The course helps the stage performers strengthen intermediate and advanced acting and character techniques, merging them with the maturing voice of the upper level singer.
Through the course, students will learn the skills required to perform in today’s operatic world. Past major productions include Magic Flute (Mozart) in 2008; Turn of the Screw (Britten), Student Prince (Romberg), The Face on the Barroom Floor (Mollicone), and A Game of Chance (Barab) in 2009; Candide (Bernstein) in 2010; and Street Scene (Weill) in 2011.
For more information contact Samuel Mungo at 512.245.3046 or by e-mail at
Symphony Orchestra
The Texas State Symphony Orchestra is open to all interested students regardless of major. The orchestra performs on campus an average of six times per year with programs that include repertoire from baroque to contemporary, including jazz.
The symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra have represented Texas State at numerous prestigious events. Recent activities by the chamber orchestra include a Christmas performance at the White House in 2008, as well as a performance tour for the 2009 American Celebration of Music in Italy. The symphony orchestra has performed as the featured university orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association conventions. The group has toured and performed in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Scotland and England. The symphony orchestra also regularly performs and has recorded with Michael Martin Murphey.

Scholarships are available by audition to interested string players (violin, viola, cello and double bass). For more information, contact Howard Hudiburg at 512.245.2665 or by e-mail at 

Spirit Program 
Strahan Coliseum, Room 139

The Texas State Spirit Program (cheerleaders and mascots) serves as an ambassador for the university and is at the forefront of spirit building, particularly at Bobcat athletic events. In addition to providing spirit for the Bobcats at a majority of home athletic events, selected members from the All-Women, Coed, and Mascot squads often get the opportunity to represent Texas State beyond the borders of San Marcos by traveling to away athletic events or providing spirit at university-sponsored functions.

The spirit program competes in the Universal Cheerleading Association’s College Cheerleading National Championships every January at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The program won the 2000, 2003 and 2006 All-Women National Championships and the 2006 United Spirit Associate College Mascot National Championship in Las Vegas.

Strutters |
Strahan Coliseum, Room 128

The Strutters, the first precision dance team formed at a four-year university, has performed in 24 countries on four continents since its inception in 1960. Today, it is the largest group of its kind in the country.

It was the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People’s Republic of China. Other highlights include two presidential inaugural parades, numerous NFL and NBA halftime performances, the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, MTV’s “Total Request” Live, a national television commercial for Coca-Cola, and appearances in five movies. The Strutters also represented Texas State and San Marcos on the NBC program “America’s Got Talent,” outperforming hundreds of acts to reach the live semifinal round of the competition.

The organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence. While hosting annual campus competitions, Strutters serve as exemplary role models to thousands of high school dance
team members.

In 1998, Strutters Always became the organization’s official alumnae chapter. Goals of Strutters Always include communicating with alumnae and friends and supporting the Strutters; the board of directors assists with alumni reunions and Strutters special events.