Samford Music Ensembles

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


Honor Band

The 2018 Samford Honor Band Festival is scheduled for January 13, 2018. Participants will be selected from over 500 applicants. 

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Jazz Band

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
Performance Schedule 2017-18
October 24, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
December 5, 7:30 p.m.. Brock Recital Hall along with the Bells of Buchanan
April 10, 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

Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Performs literature for advanced wind and percussion players at Samford. Admission by audition or consent of director.
Contact: Dr. Demondrae Thurman
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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 2017-18
December 5, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall with the Jazz Band
May 1, 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 2017-18
November 16, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
April 3, 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
2017-18 Performance
Hansel and Gretel, November 30-December 3, 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
2017-18 Performance
April 13-14, Bolding Studio

Ensemble Placement Audition Forms+

Auditions for wind, brass, and percussion players, who are enrolled at Samford University, are scheduled for August 27th, beginning at 6 pm 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, and Dr. Demondrae Thurman to schedule an alternate audition time.

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


Students should use in order to find the part they are most interested in performing from Tchaikovsky's second symphony finale and Sibelius's second symphony finale.

Wind Ensemble

Repertoire for this audition is provided below. Use the links to download the repertoire required for your primary instrument.