The Division of Music offers opportunities for choral and instrumental ensemble participation to students of all academic majors at Samford. Students can enroll in one of our choirs, bands, orchestra, or chamber ensembles. Ensembles are taken as an academic course that counts toward general elective requirements for degrees offered throughout the university, or they may be taken for a 0 credit if the student is already at 18 credit hours. Please contact the Arts Recruiter to request additional information about how to join any of these bands or ensembles at arts@samford.edu.

Ensembles

Honor Band

Honor Band is an annual invitational event hosted at Samford for middle and high school band members each January. Participants are selected through a competitive application process.  Learn More

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 2019-20
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
December 4, 7:30 p.m.. Christmas with Samford Arts, Wright Center
April 15, 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. 

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Wind Ensemble

Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:30 - 11:35 p.m. (Spring semester only)
Performs literature for advanced wind and percussion players at Samford. Admission by audition or consent of director.
 
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Commercial Music Ensemble

A new auditioned ensemble will be available fall of 2021 that is in development with the Commercial Music area. It will study and perform seminal music from the funk/pop genre including music from the 1960s to the current era. Vocal and instrumental opportunities will be given for a full rhythm section, as well as a horn section. The repertoire covers well-known material, as well as encourages original compositions from students and faculty. For more information contact Steven Potaczek spotacze@ssamford.edu.
 

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

 

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

Vocal Ensembles

University Chorale

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 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 11:45 to 12:50 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

Jazz A Cappella 

Samford’s Vocal Jazz group is beginning its third year! We'd love to have you audition for this 8-12 member group that focuses on vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella music. 
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

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

Worship Leadership Ensembles

Worship Arts Ensemble

WAE (pronounced WAY, for Worship Arts Ensemble) is a vibrant group of artist-musicians who engage worshipers through worship concerts and musical leadership on and off campus. Featuring a fifteen-member vocal ensemble, a full rhythm band, and other creative expressions, they aim to perform diverse worship styles with quality artistry.

Audition Information

Samford Worship Team

Samford Worship Team (SWT) offers musical leadership for modern worship. They feature a few singers and a full rhythm band. In addition to hosting on-campus worship gatherings, this group is available to offer worship leadership for local churches and ministry events.

Audition Information

In addition to musicians, we’ll be enlisting audio/visual tech directors who will support and guide the groups’ performances.

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.