Division of Music Ensembles

The Division of Music offers opportunities for ensemble participation to students of all academic majors at Samford. These ensembles are courses that can count toward general elective requirements for degrees offered throughout the university. Please contact the Arts Enrollment Assistant to request additional information about how to join any of these ensembles.

Vocal Ensembles+

University Chorale

MUSC 1720 - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 to 2:05 p.m.
Performs a cross-section of quality literature in major concerts and university events each year. No audition is required.
Contact: Dr. Sharon Lawhon

A Cappella Choir

MUSC 1721 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 to 2:05 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-3:50
Performs both regionally and internationally, as well as for important university functions throughout the year. Auditions for membership in the A Cappella Choir are held throughout the summer.
Contact: Dr. Philip Copeland

Music Theatre Ensemble

MUSC 1722 - Monday and Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Performs musical theatre revues, shows, and ensemble productions. Auditions are held the semester before the production. Freshmen are not allowed to participate in fall semester productions but are allowed to audition for the spring musical. Students involved in the spring musical register for the Music Theatre Ensemble in order to receive musical coaching for the musical.
Contact: Clayton Winters

Samford Opera

MUSC 1723 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30-5:00 p.m., and Monday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Performs one mainstage production of opera or operetta each season. Auditions for fall productions typically are held the previous spring. All majors are welcome.

Opera Workshop

MUSC 1724 - Monday and Wednesday 2:15 to 3:50 p.m.
Performs scenes from operas and musical theatre each semester. No audition necessary for music or musical theatre majors. Students with other majors are welcome but will need to audition.

Instrumental Ensembles+

Wind Ensemble

MUSC 1730 - Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Performs literature for advanced wind and percussion players as the premier band at Samford. Admission by audition or consent of director.
Contact: Dr. Demondrae Thurman
Learn More


MUSC 1731 - Monday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Performs standard orchestral literature, operas, oratorios, concerti, and musical theatre shows. Admission by audition only.
Contact: Dr. Brian Viliunas

Symphonic Band

MUSC 1733 - Monday and Friday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.(Spring)
Performs a comprehensive mix of contemporary and traditional wind band literature. Open to all students with interest and experience who wish to continue music making throughout their collegiate years. Admission by audition or consent of director.
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton

Samford University “Bulldog” Marching Band

MUSC 1739 - Monday and Friday 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Performs at home football games, one away game, and a high school marching exhibition in the fall. Membership is open to all with previous band experience; marching experience is not necessary. Non-music majors interested in band scholarships must audition by December 15 for priority consideration for awards.
Learn More

Bells of Buchanan

MUSC 1732 - Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:20 p.m.
Performs original compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements on six-octaves of handbells. The performance calendar includes fall and spring concerts, convocations, and area festivals. Auditions for 13 ringers are held each August.
Contact: Dr. Philip Copeland

Jazz Ensemble

MUSC 1732 - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:15 to 3:20 p.m.
Performs standard big band and small combo literature from various jazz styles. The performance season includes featured concerts that take place both on and off campus. Admission by audition or recommendation of the director.
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton

Percussion Ensemble

MUSC 1732 - Rehearsal times determined by the conductor)
Performs a wide range of works on various percussion instruments. Members must have considerable skill on percussion instruments ranging from drums and timpani to mallet instruments and some ethnic percussion. Members will also periodically be performing on steel drums, but prior experience on these instruments is not required for membership. Membership is by audition.
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton

Chamber Ensembles

MUSC 1732 - Rehearsal times determined by the conductor)
Contact: Mr. Samuel Nordlund

Honor Band

The 2016 Samford Honor Band Festival is scheduled for January 7 - 9, 2016.  Participants will be selected from over 500  applicants. Additional information regarding the Samford Honor Band Festival will be available in mid-September, 2015. Learn More Apply

Scholarship Opportunities+

The Division of Music offers opportunities for ensemble participation to students of all academic majors at Samford. Students pursuing an academic major other than music can compete for an Instrumental Ensemble Scholarship by completing an application form and audition. In order to apply for scholarships, you must have an online account with Samford. If you have already started your Samford or Common App admission application, log in to the forms below using the same email address/password that you used to access your application. If you have not started your admission application, please log in as a new user

Instrumental Ensemble Scholarships are available for qualified students through an audition in strings, winds, brass, or percussion. If selected to receive an Instrumental Ensemble Scholarship, string students will participate in Orchestra during the fall and spring semesters; wind, brass, and percussion students will participate in an instrumental ensemble during fall and spring semesters, as assigned by area faculty in accordance with indicated areas of interest. Students receiving an Instrumental Ensemble Scholarship will receive $1,200 per academic year.

Priority scholarship consideration for students planning to enroll in fall 2016 will be given to students who submit the online application form and upload a video audition by February 1, 2016.


Prepare the first or last movement of any standard concerto or any movement from Bach's sonatas or partitas.

Winds and Brass

Prepare the Samford Fight Song for your instrument, plus one additional piece that demonstrates your highest musical achievement.

Samford Fight Song


Prepare the snare part on the attached excerpts, plus one snare solo that is the equivalent of a medium difficulty level from the Rudimental Cookbook. Contact Dr. Grant Dalton if you have questions regarding percussion requirements.

Female Students Dancing

View Our Brochure

Have Questions?
Contact Us

Coordinator of Arts Enrollment
and Special Programs
School of the Arts
(205) 726-4524

Request More Information