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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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 the 2013 International Competition for Choirs...
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 than 130 vocalists and instrumentalists,...
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 programs in the nation. Beyond...
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 Angeles County. In addition to...
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 Azusa Pacific University have been...
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 many musical styles, including traditional...
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...
Ian M. Jones wins the Wind Ensemble Category with his piece "Combine and Create"

Ian M. Jones wins the Wind Ensemble Category with his piece “Combine and Create”

Ian M. Jones, of Lexington, South Carolina, has won the wind ensemble category for the Azusa Pacific University/J.W.Pepper High School Composition Contest, with his composition Combine and Create. A percussionist for 7 years, he is a junior at River Bluff High School. He has also recently won the NAfME Student Composers Competition. Combine and Create was...

It’s a very close contest!

The judging is finally almost completed.  We’re waiting for one more judge to function as a sort of tie-breaker, and then we’ll be ready to announce the winners. Watch this space!  An announcement of the winners will come very soon!    

The judges are almost done!

The judges have been hard at work.   There are some great entries, so the decisions aren’t easy, but results are coming in and will be announced soon! Watch this space.