Every year Saint Louis produces and sustains several orchestras and large ensembles composed by Saint Louis students. These resident bands are promoted on both National and International level through different European and overseas initiatives.
BIG BAND – conducted by Antonio Solimene
The Saint Louis Big Band conducted by Antonio Solimene is an orchestral formation that fully respects the classic structure of the big band: 4 Trumpets, 5 Sax, Trombones, a complete Rhythm Section, and 6 Vocalists.
SOUL TRAIN ORCHESTRA – conducted by Michele Papadia
From the idea of SOUL TRAIN, the famous American musical program that started in 1971, an orchestra/ensemble of about 20 elements were born. The repertoire focuses on ‘AMERICAN BLACK MUSIC’ in its most widely accepted meaning.
ORCHESTRA LATIN JAZZ – conducted by Natalio Mangalavite
A combo dedicated to the free world of Latin-jazz. A large staff consisting of guitarists, singers, keyboard players, bassists, percussionists, winds, and piano by Natalio Mangalavite.
POP ORCHESTRA – conducted by Vincenzo Presta
Organ of 30 musicians directed by Vincenzo Presta. The Saint Louis Pop Orchestra reinterprets the tradition of Italian and international
COMBO – conducted by Antonio Solimene
Training young, light, dynamic and styled with the mission of promoting new talent. The Saint Louis Combo is a lean staff, composed of voices, rhythm (piano, guitar, bass, and drums), 6 winds – the heart of the group – and the energy of a Big Band in pocket size!
“RIOMA” BRAZILIAN CHOIR – conducted by Claudia Marrs
A choir that is dedicated to polyphonic and polyrhythmic Brazilian music; voices are used both for harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic accompaniment, in other words, polyrhythmic.
SONGWRITING CHOIR – conducted by Maria Grazia Fontana
The vocal ensemble’s repertoire dedicates to classical pieces of Italian songwriting, which are interpreted into an original, fresh, and captivating look thanks to the arrangements by the choir director, Maria Grazia Fontana.
FANTASY VOICES – conducted by Milena Nigro
The multi-story choir’s repertoire ranges from Disney soundtracks to great classics of popular music, jazz, and Brazilian music originally created arrangements specifically by the staff.
KIDS CHOIR – conducted by Chiara Viola and Sonia Russino – in collaboration with Maria Grazia Fontana
A choir dedicated to children aged 6 to 12 years. The project aims to bring children closer to music, with the aim of using it as a resource that goes beyond itself.
THE ROBERTO GATTO ENSEMBLE – conducted by Roberto Gatto
This ensemble, directed by Roberto Gatto, is performed by 8 instruments: piano, trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, bass, and/or double bass accompanied by Roberto Gatto who is on drums.
SUPERSAX – conducted by Mauro Massei
The “Supersax” ensemble, a name deriving from the famous US formation from the 70s, the first with this organ– a small, complete orchestra is composed of five to six more rhythmic saxophones with piano, guitar, bass, and drums.