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 and gathers 80 instrumentalists from the woodwind, brass, percussion and string families. The students who are part of this eclectic ensemble will perform some of the most significant and colorful works of the symphonic repertoire. This year's program is all about contrasts with Camille Saint-Saëns' uncanny Danse Macabre, followed by Claude Debussy's enchanting Claire de Lune as orchestrated by André Caplet and concluding with the last two movements of the monumental Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky. Please contact Dr. Marc Élysée at marc.elysee@swau.edu for complete audition information.

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