The Festival Choir, under the direction of Jonathan E. L. Wall, 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 Choir will perform music from 21st century choral composers. The Festival Choir and the University Singers will both feature the music of award winning Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. The Festival ensemble will also perform selections from Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo and American composers Dan Forrest & Stacey V. Gibbs.

Singers that have not attended before and would like more information on how they can participate, please click on the link below. All singers must submit a completed application to be cosidered for inclusion into the Festival Choir.


Choir Repertoire 2016

How to audition for the Festival Choir! (revised)

Choir Audition Music


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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.

Audition Sheet Music

Snare Drum Audition Sheet Music

Mallet Audition Sheet Music

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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.

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


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