WHAT IS ENSIGN?
Ensign is a Pacific Northwest based Symphony & Chorus peforming uplifting music in the style of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, BBC Symphony Chorus and Westminster Symphonic Choir.
The Ensign Symphony & Chorus fills a unique space in the panoramic performing arts scene of the Puget Sound region. Nearly 200 singers and instrumentalists perform a broad repertoire of joyous music in the tradition of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus and Westminster Symphonic Choir. Ensign’s mission is to bless and uplift audiences in the greater Puget Sound region through professional quality performances of inspiring sacred and secular music.
Led by Rob Archibald and Chase Chang, rigorously auditioned Ensign musicians (many with their own impressive soloist credits) infuse life-long university, church, and community ensemble training with a passion that is profoundly moving. Concerts for Ensign Symphony & Chorus are held in Seattle’s world-class Benaroya Hall. Auditions for the Symphony & Chorus are open to any who wish to share their talents to support the mission of the organization.
All members of Ensign Symphony & Chorus are volunteers including the Board of Directors, the Presidency, and musicians. Ensign Symphony & Chorus is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The ongoing vision of our organization is to expand our footprint across this greater Seattle region and continue to build and add to our growing family of vocalists and musicians. The history of our vocalists and musicians is rich and has become the cornerstone of which we continue to create and build. I welcome your visit here and am hopeful you will find the time to see the Symphony and Chorus in Seattle at beautiful Benaroya Hall.
I anticipate greatly expanding our reach across the Pacific Northwest. I look forward to this next season – “Unspeakable Joy” with anticipation and excitement.
Founder, Ensign Symphony & Chorus
Rob Archibald, M.M. believes that music has the power to uplift and inspire musician and audience alike to become better. Through his efforts founding and conducting Portland Ensign Choir & Orchestra, Westside Community & Youth Orchestra and numerous other church and community musical events, Mr. Archibald finds joy in bringing uplifting, professional quality music to audience members. He has conducted large ensembles in major works such as Beethoven’s 9th, Faure’s Requiem and more, as well as smaller groups performing tight harmonies, rich cluster chords and challenging rhythms. No matter the size of the ensemble, and no matter the music, performers and audience alike love the way Mr. Archibald brings the Spirit to his music.
Mr. Archibald received his Masters in Choral and Orchestral Conducting from Portland State University in 2010. He is an avid student of conducting and has traveled to various parts of the U.S. and Canada to work with Craig Jessop (Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square), Dumitru Goia (Moldova National Opera and Ballet Theater), Jon Washburn (Vancouver [B.C.] Chamber Choir), Anton Armstrong (St. Olaf College) and others. Most recently, Mr. Archibald studied with Gregory Vajda, Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. He is a firm believer that there is always more to learn and continually seeks to further develop his conducting skills.
As a performer, Mr. Archibald excels as both a singer and an instrumentalist. He has sung from tenor to bass in university, community and church choirs and has been featured as a soloist throughout his musical career. He is sought after as a choral singer in community and church gigs for his musicianship and professionalism. As an instrumentalist, Mr. Archibald loves to learn and is having fun developing proficiency in each instrument family in the orchestra. So far he has learned oboe and percussion (mallets, snare, timpani) and has enjoyed playing each in a community orchestra for several years. He is now learning to play the cello and is excited to play the horn next.
Mr. Archibald and his wife Jacki are the proud parents of 5 boys.
JENNY OAKS BAKER
Grammy nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker returns to our stage with Ensign Symphony. She is one of America’s most beloved and accomplished violinists.
Pianist, Violinist, Composer
Jennifer Thomas is an award winning American pianist, violinist, composer, performing artist, and recording artist. She is equally well known for her classical covers and her original compositions.
Singer & Composer
David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.”
Singer & Composer
Hilary Weeks is an LDS Artist who primarily plays a worship and gospel music version of Christian country and Christian pop. Hilary is also an accomplished pianist.
OUR VENUE: BENAROYA HALL
Since opening in 1998, Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle boasts world-renowned, technology-infused acoustics that are designed intentionally for symphonies and choirs. The pairing of the 4,490-pipe Watjen Concert Organ, one of the foremost concert organs in the world, makes for an incredible listening experience. With 2,500 seating capacity this is a great location for us to perform in. Ensign Symphony & Chorus is proud to have Benaroya Hall as its home venue.