Chorus rehearsals are held every Thursday Evening from 7-9:30PM on Mercer Island. Symphony rehearsals are held twice a week 7-9:30PM for the two weeks leading up to the Combined Rehearsals. Combined rehearsals are typically the two weekday evenings prior to the concert from 7-10PM.
Auditions are required for entry into the chorus and symphony. All adults 18 years or older are invited to audition.
Chorus auditions are held every August and occasionally in January.
Symphony auditions are held on an as needed basis.
Chorus Members pay an annual music fee of $100 and purchase required performance attire as well as some of the jewelry.
Symphony Members are required to purchase or rent their own performance attire. Men must wear a black Tuxedo, women a black dress or black formal attire.
“Communicating pure love to the audience through uplifting music and receiving positive responses from audience members afterward adds beauty and happiness to my life.”
-Renée Smart, Chorus
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DOES ENSIGN PERFORM?
Ensign Symphony & Chorus performs both sacred and secular music. There is not one specific style of music that we choose from. We have performed classical pieces by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Vivaldi and many other composers. Other music includes traditional American hymns and folk songs as well as traditional pieces from other nations. We often perform music by Mack Wilberg and other composers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as other contemporary artists. We have also performed many contemporary pieces including music from recent films, and other special arrangements of classical and pop music with our guest artists Jennifer Thomas and David Archuleta. Recently we even performed arrangements with guest artist J.ournal, who combines spoken word poetry with music. Each concert is a beautiful mixture of many styles of music all with the purpose of uplifting and inspiring our audience.