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 Katie Overturf for additional information about joining any of these bands or ensembles.
A Cappella Choir
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: Philip Copeland
Commercial Music Ensemble
Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Dave Mathews Band....Be a part of a new auditioned ensemble that is in development with the Commercial Music area. This band will perform popular music from the 1960s to modern day, in addition to performing originals written by Samford students and faculty. This ensemble features 3 sections: vocalists, rhythm section, and horns. Auditions will take place in the fall 2021.
Contact: Steven Potaczek
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.
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.
Performs at all 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 and no audition is required for the ensemble! Scholarships are available by audition. Follow the link below for audition information.
Contact: Ryan Lovell
The Samford Orchestra performs throughout the year and features standard orchestral literature, operas, oratorios, concerti, and musical theatre shows. Audition information and performance schedules are available through the link below.
Contact: Brian Viliunas
This ensemble performs at every home basketball game, volleyball games, and travel to any tournaments the teams go to in March! Membership is open to all with previous band experience! Scholarships are available to all who audition for one! The Band’s repertoire consists of top 40, jazz, big band, pop, and rock favorites.
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.
Performs one mainstage production of opera or operetta each season. Auditions for fall productions typically are held the previous spring. All majors are welcome.
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.
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. In addition to musicians, we will be enlisting audio/visual tech directors who will support and guide the groups’ performances.
Contact: Jonathan Rodgers
University Chorale is open to all Samford students. No audition is required. Before the beginning of Fall Semester, register for MUSC 1720-01. This ensemble performs a cross-section of quality literature in major concerts and university events each year.
The Samford University Wind Ensemble is a traditional concert band that provides an opportunity for both music and non-music majors to participate. Participation in the Wind Ensemble provides exposure to diverse literature including chamber music and traditional and contemporary works for wind band. During each concert season, visiting conductors and composers interact with students as part of a comprehensive educational experience. The ensemble performs multiple concerts throughout the semester. There are no auditions to join the ensemble, only for part assignments and those will take place within the first week of class for each semester.
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.
Contact: Jonathan Rodgers