Music Program


Music majors and non-majors enjoy outstanding music ensembles and private lessons from some of the country's finest teachers and gifted performers.

Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole musician, guiding each student to strive for excellence and realize their full potential. 

With small class sizes throughout the program (student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1), majors and non-majors alike see exponential growth and development and enjoy an enviable number of performance opportunities.


Saint Mary's Partnership with Estill Vocal Training

Choir members grouped together outside the chapel

NEW! Vocal Music Program Becomes an Estill Educational Affiliate

Saint Marys' Vocal Music program has recently joined the community of Estill Educational Affiliates, becoming the only institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River to earn this status. As part of a non-genre biased model, our voice program incorporates Estill Voice Training and its cutting-edge vocal science pedagogy into our ensemble and private lessons curriculum. Students learn isolated control of individual anatomical structures in the voice production system and apply these elements to their musical endeavors, creating breathtaking performances across a wide variety of genres and styles. For more information on Estill Voice Training and our new affiliation, please visit


Auditions for ensembles occur at the beginning and end of each term. Please contact the directors regarding auditions.

Glee (Music 220) | Chamber Singers (Music 320):

Contact Dr. Julie Ford:


Piano and Private Lessons:

Contact Dr. Lino

Chamber Players (Music 330) 

Concert Ensemble (Music 230)

Jazz Band (Music 430):

Contact Prof. Sixto F. Montesinos Jr.: 


In addition to need and merit-based scholarships, incoming students are eligible for the Music Scholarship, totaling up $13,000 per year. Apply in October! Scholarships fill up fast.


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SMC Glee Club

Our students take part in numerous shows throughout the academic year. Check out SMC Glee Club’s rendition of “Rather Be,” rehearsed and recorded remotely in May of 2020!

Program & School Information

Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos Jr., Head of Instrumental Studies & Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, Music
Tara Sundy, Performing Arts Coordinator & Events Manager/Box Office Manager