Ensembles

Choir

The Festival Choir, under the direction of Jonathan Wall, is made up of 400 singers representing high schools and academies from across the country. These singers will have the privilege of performing a wondrous array of music that every year ranges from masterworks and traditional favorites to new an exciting choral literature. This year the Festival Choir will perform selections from Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and music from composers Moses Hogan, L.L. Fleming & Eric Whitacre. Choral ensembles that have not attended before and would like more information on how their ensemble can participate may email jwall@swau.edu and submit a choral application. All choirs, returning and auditioning, must submit a choral application.

2014 Choral Repertoire

Choral Application

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The Invitational Symphonic Band

The Invitational Festival Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Rudy Dennis, is comprised of 90 auditioned instrumentalists from around the country. The group will perform pieces ranging from the classics to electrifying new wind band literature, several in collaboration with the magnificent C.B. Fisk op. 100 Pipe Organ. To obtain further festival information as well as complete audition requirements, you may email Dr. Rudyard Dennis at rdennis@swau.edu.

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The Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra is led by Dr. Marc Élysée, director of orchestral studies at Southwestern Adventist University. Students who play woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments may audition for this ensemble. This year again, the festival Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the most remarkable works of the repertoire. Starting off with the dramatic first movement from Prokofiev's Roméo & Juliet second suite, the concert will take us to Andalusia with Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1, before rounding off with the famous Brazilian "choro" Tico Tico No Fubá in a sparkling arrangement by Cliff Colnot. To download audition material and submit an online application click here. For questions about the orchestra program at Southwestern Adventist University contact Dr. Marc Élysée at marc.elysee@swau.edu.

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