Southwestern Music Festival

February 23 - 26, 2017


Greetings on behalf of the Department of Music at Southwestern Adventist University. We are honored every year to host an exclusive Music Festival for High School and Academy musicians. The 2017 festival features four ensembles; symphony orchestra, saxophone ensemble, mass choir and honors choir.  In addition to the festival ensembles, elite musicians may audition for a chance to win a music scholarship.  Students that audition have the chance of being selected as a Scholarship Finalist and will have their transportation, food and lodging paid for and the opportunity to perform in a Showcase Recital on February 22, 2017 at Southwestern Adventist University.

We are privileged this year to perform the World Premier of Ēriks Ešenvalds newest choral composition!!! Written for the Southwestern Music Festival, Mr. Ešenvalds will be here to work with the singers and prepare them for the performance at the Meyerson. Ēriks Ešenvalds has won multiple awards for his work, including the Latvian Grand Music Award three times (2005, 2007 and 2015). The International Rostrum of Composers awarded him first prize in 2006 for his work The Legend of the Walled-in Woman. He was The Year's New-Composer Discovery of the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010. The CDs At the Foot of the Sky by State Choir Latvija (2013) and O Salutaris by Kamēr... Youth Choir (2011) were awarded Best Latvian Classical Album of the Year.

In addition, we are excited to feature guest soloist and Chisholm Trail Academy alumnus, Raehann Bryce-Davis! Ms. Bryce-Davis is the winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the 2015 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Pittsburgh District, the 2015 Sedat Gürel - Güzin Gürel International Voie Competition in Istanbul and is currently performing dynamic roles in Belgium as a part of the Opera Vlassnderen.

Please contact us if you have any questions, we would love to have you be a part of this special musical experience. 

Chair, Department of Music

Southwestern Adventist University