The Mars Hill University Wind Symphony is the principal instrumental large ensemble in the music department. The Wind Symphony performs concerts on campus throughout the school year, tours in the spring semester, and has been featured at conferences such as the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association.

The MHU Wind Symphony performs a wide array of compositions, from marches to wind band classics, from transcriptions of orchestral standards to world premieres of contemporary music.

Admission to the Wind Symphony is by audition the first week of the school year and is open to music majors and non-majors alike.

Please contact Mr. Andrew Shelton for additional information at ashelton@mhu.edu

Choir and Choral Ensembles

The choral program at Mars Hill has a long and storied tradition of excellence. Students participate in a variety of choral ensembles (mixed voice and gender specific). MHU choirs tour annually and participate regularly with other ensembles in performances of major works.  The choirs have appeared at Carnegie Hall, have twice toured internationally, and have been regular participants on conference performances of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators Association.  In addition, Mars Hill University has one of the longest, continuously running choral festivals in the southeast. Each year, the Mars Hill Choral Festival attracts over 300 of the finest high school singers to its campus for a two-day workshop culminating in a performance of the festival choir and Mars Hill choral ensembles.

For more information about joining a choral ensemble, please contact Dr. Rodney H. Caldwell.

Percussion Ensembles

The Mars Hill University Percussion Ensembles are active ensembles and chamber groups comprised of freshman to senior percussion majors. These ensembles perform a variety of literature thus providing the students with a comprehensive performing experience.

While Percussion Ensemble (MUS 105) and Percussion Montage (MUS 116) are separate and distinct from the applied percussion course, they are inextricably linked; Percussion Ensembles are a “laboratory” in which skills learned in applied study are “applied.”  The director encourages performance in Percussion Ensembles every semester since progression through the levels of ensemble brings one into contact with the most strenuous of demands ever placed upon the percussionist.  Outstanding performance and comfort in percussion ensembles guarantees outstanding performance and comfort in any musical ensemble.  It is without question, the most important activity for percussion majors.

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The Mars Hill University Mountain Lion Marching Band represents the Department of Music and the school at home football games and selected community events. Open to both music majors and non-majors alike, students wishing to participate in marching band may audition for the directors of the ensemble, Mr. Mike Robinson and Dr. Brian Tinkel

We also feature Jazz and Chamber Ensembles

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