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 email@example.com.
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
Commercial Music Ensemble
Chamber EnsemblesRehearsal times determined by the conductor
Contact: Mr. Samuel Nordlund
Percussion EnsembleRehearsal 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
A Cappella Choir
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
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.
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’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.
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.
Students should prepare 2-3 minutes of music that represents highest achievement for instrument.