Music at Mines
Music at Mines adds a layer of creative expression and camaraderie — taking students beyond their study of earth, energy and environment. Offered through the LAIS division, students may chose from academic courses in music theory (LAIS 326), music composition and music history, or participation in one of CSM’s talented and award-winning performance groups.
Participation in the band or chorus group ( or any LIMU class) can count for up to 3 hours of free elective credit. If a course has the LAIS prefix (Such as Music Theory or Music Technology), it can be used for the H&SS graduation credit. Facilities for the music program include rehearsal rooms and a computer lab equipped with Pro Tools, Finale, and similar software for student use.
The Colorado School of Mines Band was established over 50 years ago and has a rich tradition of performing for the school and the community. The traditional Mines Marching Band with red and black plaid shirts, jeans, hiking boots, and hard hats represents a unique image among university bands. Band members play for the annual Mines Little Theatre musicals and in other small ensembles for different occasions during the year. During the spring semester, the band presents two major performances in the concert hall.
Jazz Band & Strings
Both Jazz Band and Strings are offered during fall and spring semesters — providing additional options for aspiring musicians and performers to showcase their skills. Both groups perform at least once a semester.
The Colorado School of Mines Concert Choir presents a variety of music in concerts on and off campus. This 75-voice Choir is showcased in two annual on-campus performances.
Our Acappella Singers, an audition-only vocal chamber group, are subdivided into four performing groups that regularly present programs for both the Mines and local communities.
Scholarships and Workstudy
Music Leadership Scholarships are available in band and chorus for talented and qualified freshmen through seniors. Criteria considered in awarding music scholarships are a solid record of academic achievement, prior and current musical experience, performance on an audition tape, and financial need. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 for the academic year. Workstudy funds are also available in music for qualified students. For more information contact Dr. Klimek.