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.
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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...
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 on their youtube channel.  ...
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 and composer, Tom Hynes. And...
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 has been appointed “Master of...