Mass Choir

The Festival Mass Choir is directed by Jonathan E. L. Wall and is made up of singers representing high schools and academies from across the country. The Festival Choir has 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 Mass Choir will perform the World Premier of award winning Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds newest choral work. In addition to the premier, the choral repertoire features the Sanctus & Benedictus from Charles Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, How Great Thou Art by Dan Forrest, Glory, Glory Hallelujah by Howard Helvey and choral masterpiece the Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré.


All singers must submit a completed application with their audition to be considered for inclusion into the Festival Choir.


Singer Application

Choir Repertoire 2017

How to audition for the Festival Choir!

Choir Audition Music


Mass Choir

Mass Choir

Honors Choir

The Honors Choir is an elite group of singers selected from the top vocal auditions. This year the honors choir will perform Soon I Will Be Done by Stacey V. Gibbs and O Salutaris Hostia by Ēriks Ešenvalds together with the Southwestern University Singers. Those interested in Honors Choir will eligible to audition after acceptance into the Mass Choir. 


Honors Choir

Honors Choir

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.

2016 Festival Orchestra repertoire:

  • Symphony No. 5 [Mvt. I] - L. van Beethoven
  • Carmen Fantasie - F. Waxman (Isabel Ong, violin solo)
  • Hungarian March - H. Berlioz
  • Etude Opus 2 No. 1 - A. Scriabin (orchestration Élysée)

Audition process:

  1. Click on "Audition Sheet Music" below.
  2. Record your audition (YouTube, Vimeo or similar platform).
  3. Click on "Symphony Orchestra Application" and paste the weblink to the video of your audition.

Starting January 15 the successful applicants will be receiving their parts for the Festival via email.

If you have questions about the orchestra or the application process, please contact Dr. Marc Élysée at marc.elysee@swau.edu

Thank you and good luck!


Audition Sheet Music

Symphony Orchestra Application


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Saxophone Ensemble

The saxophone ensemble is directed by Dr. Scott Campbell and is comprised of top high school saxophonists from across the United States. The ensemble will perform a wide spectrum of music from sacred to poplar, from composers such as Shostakovich to Bruno Mars. Please submit a recording of the audition music with your application. Those performing on or that have access to a soprano, tenor, or baritone saxophone are encouraged to audition on those instruments.

Audition Sheet Music

Saxophone Ensemble Application

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