A music composition contest for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, in five categories of music, with a cash prize of $1000 per category, public performance and recording by an APU ensemble, a 1 year membership in J.W. Pepper's® My Score® program, and consideration for publication by J.W. Pepper/Wingert-Jones Publications.
Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

This is the world premiere of “Wings of the Wind” by the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Christopher Russell,  music composed by Stephen Johnson, Dean of the College of Music and the Arts at Azusa Pacific University.  Stay in touch with the APU Symphony on Facebook and hear them...
Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

The APU Jazz Ensemble, directed by David Beatty, performing at the Monterrey Next Generation Jazz Festival. This piece was composed by former APU music major and now faculty member, Sean Barrett, while he was still a student in the band. This piece was composed by APU faculty member, jazz guitarist...
Opera at APU

Opera at APU

APU Opera, under the direction of Ryan Reithmeier, DMA, performs standard opera repertoire as well as little known and contemporary works. In 2013, the Opera premiered a new version of British composer Judith Weir’s “The Vanishing Bridegroom” with a new chamber orchestra arrangement by APU faculty member Michael Lee. Ms. Weir, who...
Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers

Winners of the 2013 the International Competition for Choirs in Spittal an der Drau, Austria (where they won every category- one of three US choirs to win the competition in 50 years- 1979, 1987, and APU in 2013).  Directed by Michelle Jensen. Ave-Maria by Annon Victoria, as performed at the award concert for...
University Choir and Orchestra

University Choir and Orchestra

A nationally renowned, mixed-voice choral and orchestral ensemble under the direction of John Sutton, DMA, the University Choir and Orchestra (UCO) performs a wide variety of music with a concentration in contemporary Christian music at churches and schools throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, as well as overseas. Comprising more...
Guitar ensemble

Guitar ensemble

                    The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Mike Kozubek, is shown. Azusa Pacific University offers both a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance and a Commercial Music Degree with an emphasis in guitar performance that incorporates one of the most comprehensive...
Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

APU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an audition-based vocal ensemble in the School of Music. The ensemble includes 10-12 talented singers, a rhythm section, and horns. This ensemble performs a wide variety of vocal jazz literature, both classic and contemporary, and is available to perform for special private events in Los...
Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

Led by Dr. John Burdett, Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies, the Wind Ensemble is the premiere winds, brass and percussion ensemble at Azusa Pacific University. Shall We Gather At The River arranged by Frederick Umar (former APU student) Triumphal March by Frederic Umar For nearly two decades the bands at...
Men's Chorale

Men’s Chorale

APU Men’s Chorale, under the direction of Harold Clousing, DMA, has been an admired choral ensemble in the School of Music more than 40 years. Comprised of men from all disciplines and majors offered at APU, this 80-voice ensemble performs regularly at churches, schools, and civic organizations. Their repertoire represents...
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The 2017-18 Composition Contest is Live!

The 2017-18 Composition Contest is Live!

Showcase your musical artistry by entering the 2017-18 Azusa Pacific University/J.W. Pepper High School Composition Contest by Dec. 1, 2017! Check out the tabs above for information about the contest, how to enter, and the contest rules.  At the tabs on Azusa Pacific University School of Music and J.W. Pepper, you’ll see information about the...

Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program

The Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program is an incredible opportunity that allows high school composers to work alongside professional composers and the LA Philharmonic. All high school composers are encouraged to apply here.
Tristan Heinicke Wins Big Band Category 2016-2017

Tristan Heinicke Wins Big Band Category 2016-2017

Tristan Heinicke has won the Big Band category of the 2016-17 Azusa Pacific University/J. W. Pepper High School Composition Contest for his composition Forest Fire. Heinicke, age 18, is a Senior at the Orange County School of the Arts. He began playing guitar in the 3rd grade, and soon found it to be a calling. As he expanded...
Wyatt Boggs Wins Wind Ensemble Category 2016-2017

Wyatt Boggs Wins Wind Ensemble Category 2016-2017

Wyatt Boggs has won the Wind Ensemble category of the 2016-17 Azusa Pacific University/J. W. Pepper High School Composition Contest for his composition Ex Luna Scientia. Wyatt Boggs is a junior at Clear Fork High School in Bellville, Ohio. He is heavily involved in his high schools band and choir as well as his own jazz band, youth...
Kevin Su Wins Orchestra Category 2016-17

Kevin Su Wins Orchestra Category 2016-17

Kevin Su has won the Orchestra category of the 2016-17 Azusa Pacific University/J. W. Pepper High School Composition Contest for his composition Concert Overture No. 1. A high school junior at Poolesville High School, in Poolesville MD, and a composition student under Dr. Judah Adashi at Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Su is also a conductor,...
Andrew Courtney Wins Chamber Category 2016-17

Andrew Courtney Wins Chamber Category 2016-17

Andrew Courtney has won the Chamber category of the 2016-17 Azusa Pacific University/J. W. Pepper High School Composition Contest for his composition Trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello. Mr. Courtney is a junior in the pianist program at the Orange County School of the Arts in Southern California. He has been composing for 5 years, studied...

TODAY is the deadline, at 11:59 PM PST!

As is often the case, last minute entries are coming in for the contest.  TODAY is the deadline, at 11:59 PM PST! Good luck to all who are entering!
APU Chamber Singers to perform piece by Christopher Fludd

APU Chamber Singers to perform piece by Christopher Fludd

The 2016-17 Composition Contest is live!

The 2016-17 Composition Contest is live!

Showcase your musical artistry by entering the 2016-17 Azusa Pacific University/J.W. Pepper High School Composition Contest by Dec. 1, 2016! Check out the tabs above for information about the contest, how to enter, and the contest rules.  At the tabs on Azusa Pacific University School of Music and J.W. Pepper, you’ll see information about the...
Paul Novak wins the Chamber Music Category with his piece "January Fragments" for piano

Paul Novak wins the Chamber Music Category with his piece “January Fragments” for piano

Paul Novak, of Reno, Nevada, has won the chamber category for the Azusa Pacific University/J.W.Pepper High School Composition Contest, with his composition January Fragments for piano. A high school senior at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, Mr. Novak is the founder and director of the Artemisia Chamber Ensemble, the region’s premiere high school chamber ensemble,...
Benjamin P. Snoek wins the Orchestra Category with his piece "Ridgefinder"

Benjamin P. Snoek wins the Orchestra Category with his piece “Ridgefinder”

Benjamin P. Snoek, of Holland, Michigan, has won the orchestral category for the Azusa Pacific University/J.W.Pepper High School Composition Contest, with his composition Ridgefinder. A high school senior at West Ottawa High School, Mr. Snoek is the principal string bassist in the West Ottawa High School Chamber Orchestra. He was a winner of the Michigan...
Christopher Fludd wins the Choral Category with his piece "Alius est Caelum"

Christopher Fludd wins the Choral Category with his piece “Alius est Caelum”

Christopher Fludd, of Freeport, New York (Long Island), has won the choral category for the Azusa Pacific University/J.W.Pepper High School Composition Contest, with his composition Alius est Caelum. A high school senior at Freeport High School, Mr. Fludd is President of the 2015-16 Freeport High School Select Chorale and Head Drum Major of the FHS...