Dr. Donald Lovejoy
Ensemble Director


We are very excited that you have shown interest in the Band program here at Winona State University! This program provides opportunities to all musicians – you need not be a Music major or minor to participate. The main ensemble in the WSU Band program is the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The ensemble performs compositions from the 18th century to the present day and encompasses a wide variety of musical styles. They hold four concerts per year and participate in the commencement ceremonies. The pep band, a secondary responsibility of the wind ensemble, performs at selected football and basketball games.

The WSU Band program also offers several ensembles which are exclusive to particular instruments. These ensembles include:

  • Flute Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Saxophone Quartet

Participating in a band ensemble is considered a one credit class which can be used towards your the music major or minor. For non-music majors and minors, this credit can be used as a university studies credit towards graduation. If students are interested in joining an ensemble - or multiple ensembles – but do not own a musical instrument, the music department has a limited supply of instruments ranging from flutes to trumpets to English horns. These instruments can be used free of charge. Private instruction is also offered for all band instruments.

There are many things that set our program apart from other Band programs. Every year the Wind Ensemble hosts the WSU High School Honor Band Festival. This event draws students from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The students who are selected for the Honor Band are eligible for WSU music scholarships.

Another unique feature of the WSU Band program is they tour regionally. They have been noted for their exemplary interpretation of the most challenging wind literature. Lastly, here are a few pieces of information that will be helpful in preparing to get involved in the Band program:

  • The requirement to become involved in this program is to audition. Auditions are a formality used for seating purposes.
  • The concert attire for all Band ensembles is concert black. Women must wear either a long skirt or dress, and men should wear tuxedos.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available to students who participate in Band.

There are many wonderful opportunities awaiting prospective students at Winona State University. We hope that incoming students will consider the Band program in search for academic excellence.

For further information about the WSU Bands, please contact Dr. Donald Lovejoy.

Dr. Donald Lovejoy
Ensemble Director

The Winona Symphony Orchestra (WSO) includes both WSU students and members of the community. Students will receive 1 credit which can be applied to their music major or minor or toward their university studies requirement for performing in this ensemble. The WSO performs orchestral pieces from the baroque period to the present day. They hold three concerts each year. The ensemble meets Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Registration in the Winona Symphony Orchestra includes participation in WSU Chamber Orchestra.

Here are a few pieces of information that will be helpful to you in preparing to get involved in our orchestral program:

  • The requirement to become involved in the WSO is to audition.
  • Participating in an orchestral ensemble is considered a one-credit class which can be used towards your Music major or minor. If you are not a Music student, this credit can be used as a university studies credit towards your graduation.
  • If you do not own an instrument, we have a limited supply of violins, violas, cellos, basses, and harps that can be borrowed. If you are interested in borrowing one of these instruments, please contact Dr. Vance.
  • The concert attire for both ensembles includes a long black dress for women and a black suit and bow tie for men.

There are many wonderful opportunities awaiting you here at Winona State University. We hope that you will consider our fine orchestral program in your search for musical enrichment.

For further information about the WSU orchestra ensembles, please contact Dr. Paul Vance.

Dr. Harry Mechell
Choir Director

Concert Choir is a choral ensemble providing singers the opportunity to rehearse and perform music ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. Membership is open to all qualified students in the university. The Concert Choir performs 4 concerts each year and tours semi-annually.

For further information about the WSU Concert Choir, please contact Dr. Harry Mechell.

Dr. Harry Mechell
Choir Director

Women's Chorus is a choral ensemble dedicated to rehearsing and performing choral music written for women's voices.  The repertoire consists of choral music from the sixteenth century to the present.  The year's schedule consists of 4-6 major concerts, including Messiah Sing-In, and Renaissance Madrigal Banquet.  Auditions are required.

For further information about the WSU Women's Chorus, please contact Dr. Harry Mechell.

Dr. Harry Mechell
Choir Director

Winona Oratorio Chorus is an auditioned ensemble made up of community singers, WSU faculty and staff singers, and college singers. It is made up of people of all ages and all walks of life who share one common dream: to make great choral music come alive in Winona. The repertory consists of two major works with orchestra per season.

Note: Winona Oratorio Chorus is a community organization. Students may participate for credit.

For further information about the Winona Oratorio Chorus, please contact Dr. Harry Mechell.