Music at Moser

USF Music

Welcome to Music at Moser! The University of St. Francis Department of Music and Performing Arts is proud to offer exciting music and theater performances to the Joliet and Will County communities. We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events. All performances have open seating.

Ticket Information

Prices are the same for all performances, unless noted otherwise in the event listing:

  • $10 for adults 
  • $7 for senior citizens (65+), alumni and non-USF students
  • All performances complimentary for students and staff with ID
  • Click here to purchase tickets online. You will receive an emailed receipt. It is important to bring that receipt with you to the performance. Tickets purchased online will be available at will call the evening of the performance if you have your emailed receipt.
  • Purchase your tickets by phone: 815-740-3395. If prompted to leave a message, please leave your name, phone number and number of tickets. Your order will be confirmed by the Department of Music and Performing Arts.
  • Purchase tickets at the door of any event.  Ticket availability cannot be guaranteed. Walk-ins are welcome, but performances often sell out. If you want to ensure you get a seat, please make reservations by purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • Note: reserved tickets not picked up 15 minutes before the start of the program may be released to walk-in guests.

For all other information during normal business hours, call 815-740-3395.

Music at Moser Events

Fall 2019

The Swinging Saints Swing in the Holidays

USF’s vocal jazz ensemble, the Swinging Saints, presents its very first holiday program! This will be a potpourri of the sacred and the secular, of songs about people like Santa and Mr. Grinch, and a variety of other toe-tapping tunes to set the mood for a Wintery Wonderland! Conducted by Paul Laprade, USF assistant professor of music.

November 15 at 7:30 p.m. | San Damiano | Tickets Required

In Recital: USF Music Students

USF music students perform works in recital from this semester’s private studio study.

November 21 at 7:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Free Admission

Joliet Symphony Orchestra: A Classic Concert

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO) performs a concert of classics from the symphony repertoire, including many familiar and beloved works as well as new works destined to become classics. The concert will also feature Noelle Klima, flautist, winner of the JSO Concerto Competition. Excerpts from Bizet’s beloved “Carmen” will join works by Mozart, Strauss, Berlioz and others in this exciting concert conducted by Dr. Dianna Fiore, USF director of orchestra.

November 23 and November 24 at 3 p.m.| Sexton Auditorium | Tickets Required

In Recital: USF Music Students

USF music students perform works in recital from this semester’s private studio study.

November 26 at 7:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Free Admission

Christmas at the Motherhouse: A Centennial Concert of Premieres

The University of St. Francis begins the celebration of its centennial with a concert of premieres! USF’s own Claritas Master Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and Swinging Saints will join forces to sing about the birth of Jesus, one child, a moment that changed the world. The concert will include new versions of familiar pieces: “Gesu Bambino” in a jazz style, “Angels We Have Heard on High” as seen through a Leonard Bernstein filter, and even a rousing version of “Gaudete!” In honor of the centennial of our university, the concert will feature the premiere of Dr. Robert Kase’s “Dance in the Light,” a work written especially for this musical celebration!

December 6 and December 7 at 7:30 p.m. | St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse | Tickets Required

Spring 2020

Joliet Symphony Orchestra Family Concert

A special concert for children and families! This interactive concert will teach children all about music through a variety of music compositions. Following the performance, children of all ages can take part in a variety of hands-on activities, including trying out the instruments themselves! This concert is conducted by Dr. Dianna Fiore, USF director of orchestra.

January 18 at 11 a.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Free Admission

In Recital: Rae Myra Hillard, soprano

USF voice faculty member Rae Myra Hillard presents a concert of music composed by Black-American composers, featuring the texts of Black-American poets and orators. She will sing the music of such honored composers as Valerie Capers, Robert Owens, Adolphus Hailstork, Regina Harris Baiocchi, H. Leslie Adams and Dr. Charles Lloyd Jr. The music is set to timeless poetry and texts by Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Clarissa Scott Delany, and others. Rae Myra will be accompanied by Dr. Dana Brown, piano and Allegra Nontanari, cello.

February 15 at 3 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Tickets Required

In Recital: Teresa Walters, piano

Dr. Teresa Walters has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 states in the U.S. at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow’s Great Hall, Australia’s International Conservatorium and Jerusalem’s Concert Hall. Her Lincoln Center recital in New York earned a standing ovation from a capacity crowd. She will present her acclaimed program, “Celebrating Our World,” at USF, a concert of music for solo piano, which honors the world’s shared heritage and common humanity.

March 27 at 7:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Tickets Required

The Swinging Saints Sing a Rainbow—A Concert about Colorful Music and Colorful People

USF’s vocal jazz ensemble, the Swinging Saints, sing about colors and colorful people in this exciting performance! Classics like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will be accompanied by favorites like favorites like “Orange Colored Sky,” “Black Coffee” and “Am I Blue?” Conducted by Paul Laprade, USF assistant professor of music.

April 3 at 7:30 p.m. | San Damiano | Tickets Required

Saints on Stage present Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot”

Lerner and Loewe’s classic, “Camelot”, comes to life in this exciting new interpretation by USF’s Saints on Stage and USF theatre director Daina Geisler. A single tree becomes the visual center of a battle for a kingdom (Camelot), the affections of a fair maiden (Guenevere), and the struggle for one’s dreams to come true. Some of the most memorable love songs from the Golden Age of American Musical Theatre will be brought to life on stage, including “Before I Gaze at You Again” and “If Ever I Would Leave You.”   What musical can evoke such noble images as “Camelot?” Few! Join King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Mordred, some of the Knights of the Round Table, and Guenevere this exciting musical!

April 17 and April 18 at 7:30 p.m. | April 19 at 3 p.m. | Turk Theatre | Tickets Required

Songs of Peace – A Choral Concert

The University of St. Francis continues the celebration of its centennial with a concert of more premieres! USF’s own Claritas Master Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and Swinging Saints will join forces to sing about peace. The concert will include the premiere of Dr. Robert Kase’s “Mass for Peace,” a work written especially for this concert celebration. The program will also include Gwyneth Walker’s “Tree of Peace,” Mendelssohn’s “Grant Us Peace” (“Verleih uns Frieden”), Joan Szymko’s “All Works of Love,” Frank Ticheli’s “Earthsong,” and many other gems about our common desire for peace in this world.

April 24 at 7:30 p.m. | St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral | Tickets Required

Joliet Symphony Orchestra  “A Centennial Celebration”

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO) performs a concert honoring the University of St. Francis Centennial with works by Strauss, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn. The program will also feature “Declaration” by Ben Goldberg, the winner of the JSO’s annual composition competition. The concert is conducted by Dr. Dianna Fiore*,* director of orchestra, USF.

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m. and  Sunday, April 26, 2020, 5 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Tickets Required

In Recital: USF Music Students

USF music students perform works in recital from this semester’s private studio study.

April 28 at 7:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Free Admission

In Recital: USF Music Students

USF music students perform works in recital from this semester’s private studio study.

April 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | Free Admission