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Music Department

Learn through exploring and practicing music in a program that offers:
  • Music scholarships for music and non-music majors
  • An opportunity to tour nationally and internationally with music ensembles
  • A five-year program that combines a BA and Master of Arts in Instruction
  • Music Industry, a rare major within the context of a liberal arts degree

For more information or to apply, please visit the Music Department webpage.


Learn more about music at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota hear from students and faculty about playing.

Kaplan Commission 2016 Performance

The Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Concert Band performed the world premiere of “Ayshet Chayil” (A Woman of Valor) on Dec. 6, 2015 in Page Theatre on the university's undergraduate college campus in Winona, Minn.

Composed in 2015 by Steven Rosenhaus this marks the eighth Kaplan Commission presented by the Saint Mary’s Concert Band, directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven. Previous commissions were awarded to Steve Barnett, Lee Kesselman, Philip Rothman, Judith Zaimont, Marc Bernstein, Paul Richards, and Larry Bitensky. In 1998, the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation provided Saint Mary’s University with a gift to create an ongoing Jewish cultural exchange. Since then, approximately every two years since 2000, the Saint Mary’s Concert Band has commissioned a work by a Jewish composer based on Jewish thematic materials. The selected composer spends four to six days in residency working with the ensemble, presenting in classes, and meeting individually with students interested in music composition during the week of the premiere.

Janet Heukeshoven
Music - Professor
Tammy Bartz
Tammy Bartz
Music - Lecturer
Derek Clark
Derek Clark, M.M.
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Daniel Driesen
Daniel Driesen
Music - Adjunct Instructor
Aleah Harvey
Aleah Harvey
Music - Adjunct Instructor
A. Eric Heukeshoven
Music - Assistant Professor
Harry Hindson
Harry Hindson, D.M.A.
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Imbert Huus
Imbert Huus, III
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Jessica Ingvalson
Jessica Ingvalson, M.A.
MN Conservatory for the Arts - Private Lesson Instructor
Caroline Kirk
Caroline Kirk
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Ned Kirk
Music - Professor
James Knutson
James Knutson, M.F.A.
Interdisciplinary Studies - Adjunct Instructor
Kristi Krause
Kristi Krause, M.A.
Music - Adjunct Instructor (lessons)
Janet Matson
Janet Matson
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Dennis McGuire
Dennis McGuire, M.A.
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Meredith Mihm
Meredith Mihm, D.M.A.
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
John Mundy
John Mundy, M.M.
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Elizabeth Nimm
Elizabeth Nimm, M.A.
Music - Lesson Instructor
Patrick O'Shea
Music - Department Chair, Music - Professor
Lindsy O'Shea
Lindsy O'Shea, M.A.
Music - Adjunct Lecturer
Michael Van Ryn
Michael Van Ryn, M.M.
Music - Adjunct Instructor

For more information contact:

Patrick M. O'Shea, D.M.A.
Chair, Music Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1447
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext 1598