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Choir and Instrumental Concerts

Hardly a week goes by at BJU without a chance to attend some quality, enjoyable concerts. Among other things, you can enjoy great classics, marches and music from around the world. Check out the schedule below to see when our various choirs, bands, and orchestras will be performing this semester.

Some concerts are available to stream at music.bju.edu/live.

Symphonic Wind Band

Oct 1 6:00 p.m.

Gazebo

Bring your picnic dinner and join this fall tradition of overtures and marches at the Gazebo with the Symphonic Wind Band. In the case of inclement weather, we will move inside to beautiful Stratton Hall.

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Oct 1
6:00 p.m.

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Gingery/Mack Scholarship Concert

Oct 8 4:00 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

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Oct 8
4:00 p.m.

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University String Orchestra

Oct 11 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The String Orchestra presents “The Number 13,” featuring Servais’s Fantaisie sur deux Airs Russes with Yuriy Leonovich, cello. The concert will also include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 13 and works by Komitas and Grieg.

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Oct 11
5:30 p.m.

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Trumpet Choir & Tuba-Euphonium Choir

Oct 13 5:30 p.m.

Stratton Hall

The University’s Trumpet Choir and Tuba-Euphonium Choir, directed by Bruce Cox and Paul Overly, present the first brass ensemble recital of the year.

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Oct 13
5:30 p.m.

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Trombone Choir & Horn Choir

Oct 14 7:00 p.m.

Stratton Hall

The unique sounds of the University’s Trombone Choir and Horn Choir are featured in this second brass ensemble recital of the year.

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Oct 14
7:00 p.m.

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Concert Choir

Oct 25 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The choral artistry of the BJU Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Fred R. Coleman, is intended to nurture spiritual reflection in the hearts and minds of both the performers and the audience.

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Oct 25
5:30 p.m.

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Flute Choir & Saxophone Choir

Oct 27 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The Flute Choir, directed by Esther Waite, and the Saxophone Choir, directed by Prentiss McDaniels, present an eclectic program of music written and arranged for the flute family and saxophone family.

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Oct 27
5:30 p.m.

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Chorale

Oct 29 7:00 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The University Chorale, known for tonal beauty and inspiring performance under new director Andrew Huish, presents the annual fall concert in the War Memorial Chapel.

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Oct 29
7:00 p.m.

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HS Festival Kaleidoscope Concert

Nov 2 7:00 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

The “Kaleidoscope Concert” will introduce you to the colors of musical sounds that BJU produces in the Division of Music—fast paced and seriously fun music!

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Nov 2
7:00 p.m.

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HS Festival Honors Recital

Nov 3 7:30 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

The High School Festival Honors Recital will feature festival winners from several of our categories, including music and speech.

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Nov 3
7:30 p.m.

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HS Festival Honors Recital

Nov 4 11:00 a.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

This morning's High School Festival Honors Recital will feature more festival winners from music, speech and the Preaching and Teaching Conference. The Festival Singers, a choir formed by festival participants, will also perform.

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Nov 4
11:00 a.m.

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HS Festival Final Concert

Nov 4 7:00 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

This gala concert features winning ensembles and soloists from BJU’s annual High School Festival, as well as performances by the festival’s bands, string orchestra and honors chorus.

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Nov 4
7:00 p.m.

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University Singers

Nov 10 5:30 p.m.

Stratton Hall

The University Singers will brighten your day and lighten your load with their energetic and beautiful music that they can’t wait to share! Join us for an early evening concert by the 100-voice freshmen choir.

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Nov 10
5:30 p.m.

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University String Orchestra

Nov 15 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The String Orchestra, conducted by Yuriy Leonovich, presents, “Comic Relief.” Enjoy Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Horns and Mozart’s Musical Joke, featuring Jesse Boyd and Aaron Fox, horns. The program will also include Rossini’s Sonata for Strings No. 1.

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Nov 15
5:30 p.m.

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Concert, Opera & Drama Series: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nov 18 7:30 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Join us for an all-new production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A confused pair of young lovers, an amateur acting troupe and some feuding fairies cross paths in an enchanted forest. Chaos and hilarity ensues for “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

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Nov 18
7:30 p.m.

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Chamber Singers

Dec 3 5:00 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

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Dec 3
5:00 p.m.

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Lyric Choir

Dec 8 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

Please join Lyric Ladies and director, Nikki Eoute as we kick off the season with Christmas songs old and new. We will travel through time and around the world to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

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Dec 8
5:30 p.m.

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University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Showcase: We Wish You a Merry Mozart

Dec 9 7:00 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Celebrate the excitement of the season with the sparkling music of Mozart and a sleigh full of other musical delights! Featuring the winners of the 2020 Concerto/Aria Competition in concert with BJUSO: Anwyn Ashley, flute; Sarah Harris, soprano; Tayler Otis, piano; and Anne Smith, cello. Michael Moore, conductor.

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Dec 9
7:00 p.m.

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Handbell Choirs

Dec 11 7:00 p.m.

Stratton Hall

It is Christmas time, and the handbell choir will present a wide variety of Christmas music from sacred to secular. You will experience the joy and spirit of Christmas. No Grinches allowed!

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Dec 11
7:00 p.m.

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Symphonic Wind Band, ‘Baroque for Band’

Feb 11 7:00 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Enjoy this programming twist with a 21st century ensemble performing works connected to the 1600s. Included on the program are the Canzona by Peter Mennin and the Goldman Fantasia in G Major.

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Feb 11
7:00 p.m.

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String Orchestra

Feb 28 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The String Orchestra, conducted by Yuriy Leonovich, presents “Neo-Baroque.” Enjoy Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane, with Rita Dunn, harp. The program will also include Britten’s Simple Symphony.

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Feb 28
5:30 p.m.

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Flute Ensembles & Saxophone Choir

Mar 16 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

Featuring small flute ensembles and the Saxophone Choir, the Woodwind Department presents its spring concert under the direction of Esther Waite and Prentiss McDaniels.

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Mar 16
5:30 p.m.

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Cello Choir

Mar 30 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The Cello Choir presents their spring concert under the direction of Yuriy Leonovich. This program will include Sollima’s “Violoncelles, Vibrez!,” and music by Puccini, Berteau and Desenne.

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Mar 30
5:30 p.m.

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Percussion Ensemble

Apr 1 5:30 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Come enjoy the exciting sounds of the University's Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Rob Schoolfield.

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Apr 1
5:30 p.m.

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Handbell Choirs

Apr 4 5:30 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Celebrating 30 years, the Handbell Choir is excited to present music that highlights the progression of handbell ringing and music over the past three decades. The choir will present music from the past that demonstrates how handbell choir music has grown. We are even hoping to add some alumni in our concert finale.

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Apr 4
5:30 p.m.

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Symphonic Wind Band, ‘Water Music’

Apr 8 7:00 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Water is the thread of this beautiful and varied year-end concert, featuring works by John Barnes Chance, Ito Yasuhide, and Anthony Iannaccone.

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Apr 8
7:00 p.m.

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Chamber Harp Ensemble

Apr 13 5:30 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Enjoy the beautiful sound of a dozen or more harps as the Chamber Harp Ensemble directed by Emily Waggoner presents their spring concert.

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Apr 13
5:30 p.m.

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Annual University Music Contests Showcase

Apr 18 7:00 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

Open music contests are held each year among university students. The winners in each contest showcase their pieces in this public performance. This competition features winners in keyboard, voice, woodwinds, bowed strings, harp and brass.

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Apr 18
7:00 p.m.

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University Singers

Apr 20 5:30 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Be inspired and delighted by the acclaimed University Singers as they perform a varied selection of choral music. The energy and passion of the Freshmen choir of nearly 100 singers never disappoint!

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Apr 20
5:30 p.m.

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Chorale

Apr 22 7:00 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

Director Andrew Huish and the BJU Chorale presents their much anticipated and delightful spring concert in the War Memorial Chapel.

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Apr 22
7:00 p.m.

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String Orchestra

Apr 25 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The String Orchestra, under the direction of Yuriy Leonovich, presents an “All-Bach” program. Enjoy Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, with Joanna Mulfinger and Brandon Ironside, violins. The program will also include Bach’s Suite No. 3, BWV 1068, which includes the celebrated Air.

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Apr 25
5:30 p.m.

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Concert Choir

Apr 26 7:00 p.m.

Stratton Hall

Believing that “things learned in song are remembered long,” Dr. Fred R. Coleman directs the BJU Concert Choir in pairing nuanced choral expression with timeless biblical truths.

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Apr 26
7:00 p.m.

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Lyric Choir

Apr 28 5:30 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

The Lyric Choir, directed by Nikki Eoute, take us on a poetic journey through Song of Solomon 2:10-13 – “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one and come away.”

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Apr 28
5:30 p.m.

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University Symphony Orchestra: Revolutionary Romantics

Apr 28 7:00 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Soloists Yuriy Leonovich (cello faculty) and Deanna Moore (piano faculty) join forces with the BJUSO for an evening of romantic greats featuring Camile Saint-Saëns’ Cello Suite, Opus 16 and Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Michael Moore, conductor.

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Apr 28
7:00 p.m.

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