Division of Music Ensembles

The Division of Music offers opportunities for ensemble participation to students of all academic majors at Samford. These ensembles are courses that can count toward general elective requirements for degrees offered throughout the university. Brief descriptions of the ensembles along with their course numbers and contact information for the directors are available in a printer-friendly PDF here.  Please contact the Arts Enrollment Assistant to request additional information about how to join any of these ensembles.

University Chorale - MUSC 1720 (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  - MUSC 1721 (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 | Website

Music Theatre Ensemble - MUSC 1722 (Monday and Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.)
Performs musical theatre revues, shows, and ensemble productions.  Auditions are held the semester before the production.  Freshmen are not allowed to participate in fall semester productions but are allowed to audition for the spring musical.  Students involved in the spring musical register for the Music Theatre Ensemble in order to receive musical coaching for the musical.
Contact: Dr. W. Randall Richardson 

Samford Opera - MUSC 1723 (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. 
Dr. Kristin Kenning 

Opera Workshop - MUSC 1724 (Monday and Wednesday 2:15 to 3:50 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.  
Dr. Kristin Kenning 

Orchestra - MUSC 1731 (Monday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.)
Performs standard orchestral literature, operas, oratorios, concerti, and musical theatre shows.  Admission by audition only.
Contact: Dr. Brian Viliunas

Wind Ensemble - MUSC 1730 (Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.)
Performs literature for advanced wind and percussion players as the premier band at Samford.  Admission by audition or consent of director.
Contact: Dr. Demondrae Thurman 

Symphonic Band - MUSC 1733 (Monday and Friday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.)(Spring)
Performs a comprehensive mix of contemporary and traditional wind band literature.  Open to all students with interest and experience who wish to continue music making throughout their collegiate years.  Admission by audition or consent of director.  
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton 

Samford University “Bulldog” Marching Band - MUSC 1739 (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 December 15 for priority consideration for awards.
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton

Jazz Ensemble - MUSC 1732 (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

Percussion Ensemble - MUSC 1732 (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

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. Dan Lawhon

Horn Choir - MUSC 1732 (Rehearsal times determined by the conductor)
Open to all hornists, regardless of major.  The ensemble rehearses once a week and performs each semester.  Repertoire includes music for quartet, sextet, or octet, depending on enrollment.
Contact: Mr. Kevin Kozak

Chamber Ensembles - MUSC 1732 (Rehearsal times determined by the conductor)
Contact: Mr. Samuel Nordlund