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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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.

The 2016 Contest Is Now Closed

Thanks to all those who entered the contest! The 2016 contest is now closed. Results will be announced soon.

The contest closes January 4 at 11:59 PM PST!

If you’re still planning to enter the contest, this is just a reminder that the deadline is Monday, January 4 , 2016, 11:59 PM Pacific time. Go for it!      
The Entries Are Coming In!

The Entries Are Coming In!

We have more entries for the high school composition contest, including orchestral and chamber music. The quality of the scores is looking great! These high school students are working hard to compose their best music. Make sure to enter your piece before the deadline of January 4, 2016!
The First Entry Has Arrived!

The First Entry Has Arrived!

The first entry to the Azusa Pacific University/J.W.Pepper high school music contest has arrived!  We’ve had many expressions of interest and questions so far, and today marks the arrival of the first entry, from a high school student in Michigan.  The entry is a piece for string orchestra. The deadline of January 4, 2016 is...