STU Choir

National Anthem performance by St Thomas University Choir
Jose Pineiro/Miami Dolphins via AP

The St. Thomas University Choir is back! After a successful inaugural season, our STU Choir is looking for new Bobcats to join the STU Music program family.

Audition Information

Prepare any song around 2-5 minutes in length, any style. Songs may be performed acapella, with a backing track, or students can accompany themselves or request piano accompaniment. Songs may be performed in any style Rock, Pop, Christian, Jazz, Musical Theater, Classical, or Country. Auditions may be in person as part of campus tour, zoom appointment, or by video submission. Audition by May 1st for Scholarship priority.

The STU Logo and musical instruments

Incoming freshmen, and transfer students are eligible to receive up to $8,000 a year for Choir Scholarships. Responsibilities include performing the National anthem at sports events, cantoring at Mass, and solo performances at concerts on and off campus.

Work-study positions available for undergraduate students in the music department!

Choir is a one credit elective fine arts course that meets Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3:05-4:20pm in Bobcat Hall Music Room. Students must be registered for course each semester to be eligible for Choir scholarship. Attendance at various evenings and weekend performances will be required throughout the year. A variety of styles, music theory, and performance techniques for the stage are taught in the class. All students are welcome, whether you’ve had music instruction previously, or are looking to get started for the first time!

Upcoming Public Performances

  • September 7th Club Fair noon
  • October 26th Fall Concert noon
  • November 2nd All Soul’s Mass noon
  • Veteran’s Memorial TBA
  • November 30th Finals Mass noon
  • December 1st  Christmas Concert 5pm

Upcoming Music Audition Events:

  • November 13th @ 1-5pm Bobcat Hall of Fame Music Room

STU Music Department Interest Form

Complete the form below to learn more about how to get involved with STU Band and Choir and stay updated on STU Music events and activities!

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    About Ms. Turner, Director of Choir

    Elizabeth Turner, M.M.

    Elizabeth Turner, Ed.D.
    Director of Choir and Musical Theatre
    St. Thomas University
    16401 NW 37 Avenue
    Miami Gardens, FL 33054
    Office: 305-628-6770
    Cell/Text: 305-697-0823

    A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire embraced singing in the Roman Catholic Church with St. Augustine’s motto “One who sings, prays twice”. A Soprano, Dr. Turner has performed in iconic venues including Carnegie Hall, The Vatican, Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Symphony Space and Palau des les Artes. Dr. Turner earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the world renown Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Contemporary Production from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, and her Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Leadership (Summa Cum Laude) from St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida

    A well-rounded, versatile musician, she has industry experience in performing, teaching, writing, and working in the music business. As a SAG/AFTRA performer in theatre, film, tv and radio, favorite credits include International touring with Disney Live!, the Nickelodeon at Sea cruise ship, Summerstock theatre, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and theme parks. Past Opera performances with Amore Opera, Regina Opera, NY Lyric Opera, NY Oratorio Society, Opera America, and Opera Viva! Past favorite NYC Jazz/Cabaret gigs at The Metropolitan Room, The Cutting Room, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Lounge, Silvana, Toshi’s Living Room, Piano’s and The Bitter End.

    As a K-12 educator, Dr. Turner has music directed at St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School (Salem, NH), Boston Bridge Charter School, John Engeman Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Council, Inside Broadway, 92Y, TADA Youth Theatre, Mainstages and also maintains a private voice, piano and songwriting studio. Dr. Turner has first-hand experience in the entertainment industry, working behind the scenes for Concord Music Publishing, New Victory/New 42nd St theatre, Radio Disney, Boston Symphony Hall, and Broadway Across America.

    Andreas Häberlin, M.M
    Adjunct Professor of Music Appreciation

    A native of Berlingen, Switzerland, Andreas spent his youth playing the organ in church by the countryside of Lake Constance. Mr. Häberlin obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Composition and Music Theory from the Zurich University of the Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and a Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games from the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.

    As an accomplished Jazz pianist and pit orchestra musician, past performances include the Courtyard Hereford, Liverpool Empire, and Unity theatre in the UK, and the Schauspielhaus Zürich. A former ballet accompanist for the LIPA dance department, and the Cobble Hill School of Ballet. He is the 2016 composer award recipient of the Swiss Förderbeitrag of the Kulturamt Thurgau. Mr. Häberlin is endorsed by Waves Audio, has released music software content with AIR Music Technology, and is a published composer with Molenaar Edition. He has provided musical arrangements, transcriptions, and engraving for the recent albums and performances of David Foster, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Harry Belafonte, Colbie Caillat, Snarky Puppy, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre.

    Elizabeth and Andreas enjoy performing, teaching, and embracing their faith together. Together they have led musical residencies with the Queens Theatre, Long Lake Camp of the Arts, and Dance-Laugh-Learn of New York. Their original composition “Give me the Stage” won first prize at the Buñol Symphonic Wind Band Competition, and the Hampton Beach talent competition. Together they have presented their original musical “Ciao Bambino” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the 13th Street Repertory Theatre, and have lectured at the South Eastern Theatre Conference. The duo has performed their vintage pop act on Carnival Cruise Lines from Australia to South America. Elizabeth & Andreas are current Doctoral Candidates at St. Thomas University in Educational Leadership & Innovation.

    Portrait of Yianni Iliadis

    Yianni Iliadis
    Piano Accompanist

    Pianist Yianni Iliadis, has enjoyed concerto performances, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts in the US and abroad and is on the faculty of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. He frequently collaborates on recitals, competitions, masterclasses, and chamber music concerts. He has played with artists such as Valerie Coleman, and John Barcellona, and performs at many conferences and music series. These include the Florida Flute Association Convention, Florida State Music Teachers Association Convention, Mid-South Flute Festival at University of Memphis, TN, and frequent invitations to the Kaleidoscope MusArt concert series.

    At the Frost School he received his DMA and he was primary instructor of undergraduate group piano classes, taught private piano lessons, accompanied recitals, and was the pianist for the department of vocal performance. Yianni graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University – Long Beach with a Master of Music. During his time at CSULB, he was awarded a full scholarship, Graduate Assistantship in the Keyboard Studies program, Frank A. Lee & Elaine Richey Scholarship, Award of Exceptional Ability and Outstanding Achievements in the Area of Keyboard Studies, and the College of the Arts Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award.

    Yianni completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He also holds the Piano Diploma from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, where he graduated with the Outstanding Performance Award. As winner of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the CSULB concerto competitions, he has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony. Yianni who is also Artist in Residence at the Miami Cancer Institute is grateful for his teachers Santiago Rodriguez, Tian Ying, Naoko Takao, Shun-Lin Chou, and Margarita Efraimidou.