The Division of Music offers opportunities for band and ensemble participation to students of all academic majors at Samford. These courses can count toward general elective requirements for degrees offered throughout the university. Please contact the Arts Recruiter to request additional information about how to join any of these bands or ensembles at arts@samford.edu.

Bands

Honor Band

The 2019 Samford Honor Band Festival is scheduled for January 12, 2019. 

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Jazz Band

Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 12:20 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
 
Performance Schedule 2018-19
November 1, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
December 4, 7:30 p.m.. Brock Recital Hall along with the Bells of Buchanan
April 11, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall

Marching Band

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 February 15, 2018 for priority consideration for awards.

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Wind Ensemble

Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:45 - 12:50 p.m.
Performs literature for advanced wind and percussion players at Samford. Admission by audition or consent of director.
 
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Orchestra

Mondays 7-9 p.m. and Thursdays 3-5 p.m. 
Performs standard orchestral literature, operas, oratorios, concerti, and musical theatre shows. Admission by audition only. 
Contact: Dr. Brian Viliunas

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Chamber Ensembles

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
Performance Schedule 2018-19
December 4, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall with the Jazz Band
May 2, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall with the A Cappella Choir

Campus Worship Team

Campus Worship Team is a vocal and instrumental ensemble that plans and leads worship for the campus community.  Audition only, open to any major.  May be repeated for credit.  Offered: Fall and Spring.
Contact: Eric Mathis

Chamber Ensembles

Rehearsal times determined by the conductor
Contact: Mr. Samuel Nordlund

Percussion Ensemble

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

Worship Arts Ensembles (WAE)

Worship Arts Ensemble is a versatile ensemble that collaborates to perform music, dance, drama, and visual art from diverse worshiping traditions in service to the church.  Audition only, open to any major.  May be repeated for credit.  Offered: Fall and Spring.
Contact: Eric Mathis
Performance Schedule 2018-19
October 30, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
April 9, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
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Vocal Ensembles

University Chorale

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

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

Samford Opera

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.
Contact: Dr. Kristin Kenning
2018-19 Performance
Ghosts of Gatsby,  November 15-18, Harrison Theatre

Opera Workshop

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 to 5:00 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.
Contact: Dr. Kristin Kenning
2018-19 Performance
April 4-5, Bolding Studio

Ensemble Placement Audition Forms+

Auditions for wind, brass, and percussion players, who are enrolled at Samford University, are scheduled for August 26th, beginning at 6 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis. Auditions are required for membership. Students unable to audition for Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at this time should email Dr. Brian Viliunas to schedule an alternate audition time.

String players should contact Jeff Flaniken to schedule their placement auditions.

Orchestra

Students should use https://imslp.org in order to find the part they are most interested in performing from Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers and Sibelius's First symphony.

Wind Ensemble

Students should prepare 2-3 minutes of music that represents highest achievement for instrument.