Music Festival

The Southwestern Adventist University Music Festival welcomes you

Every year, the Department of Music at Southwestern Adventist University has the pleasure of hosting an exclusive festival for high school and academy musicians. The festival features a variety of opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists, including the opportunity to perform in a world premiere at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

In addition to the festival ensembles, elite musicians have the opportunity to audition for a chance to win a music scholarship. Students that audition have the chance of being selected as a Scholarship Finalist have the opportunity to perform in a Showcase Recital and receive reimbursements for their transportation, food, and lodging.

Every year, the Festival continues its tradition of bringing both musical masterworks and new music to the stage. The Southwestern Music Festival has featured artists such as Eriks Esenvalds, Kim Andre Arnesen, Craig Courtney, and American composer Brandon A. Boyd.

Explore the website for audition information!

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Festival Ensembles

Ensemble audition deadlines are now December 30, 2021.

How do I Apply for a Festival Ensemble?

Applicants for a festival ensemble must submit high-definition, landscape video recordings of their audition. Please submit "Public" or "Unlisted" YouTube links only.

Vocal Auditions

Click here to find the audition requirements to participate in the festival as a vocalist
Click here to submit your vocal audition

Instrumental Auditions

Click here to find the audition requirements to participate in the festival as an instrumentalist 
Click here to submit your instrumental audition

Teachers & Chaperones 

Click here to register to attend the music festival

What is a Festival Scholarship?

Each year the Department of Music at Southwestern Adventist University awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money to elite musicians. Music Festival Scholarships are awarded to talented juniors and seniors selected by faculty from the Department of Music. The faculty selects a number of students from submitted auditions to be scholarship finalists.

Scholarship finalists are featured as soloists at Southwestern Adventist University’s Festival Showcase Concert and are eligible for a scholarship toward their first year of study at SWAU. Southwestern Adventist University covers travel, food, and on-campus lodging costs for each student finalist.

How do I Apply for a Festival Scholarship?

Applicants for a Festival Scholarship must submit high-definition, landscape video recordings of their audition pieces. Please submit "Public" or "Unlisted" YouTube links only

Click here to find the music requirements for vocalists and instrumentalists

Click here to submit your application

*Scholarship applicants looking to participate in the music festival must also submit an Ensemble Application separately.*


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A Night at the Meyerson

Join us on February 27, 2022 for This Annual Night of Grandeur

A Night of Grandeur | A Night at the Meyerson

Experience A Night at the Meyerson, a Southwestern Adventist University tradition since 1993. On February 27, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. under the direction of our accomplished music faculty, hundreds of high school and university students will combine their talents to fill the Meyerson Symphony Center with beautiful and uplifting music, giving glory to God the Almighty! 

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening, promoting musical achievement and benefiting scholarships for these young musicians.

Schedule *Please stay tuned for updated schedule*

Name of ActivityJanuary 1, 2021 @ 1:00 PMWharton Auditorium
Name of ActivityJanuary 1, 2021 @ 1:00 PMWharton Auditorium
Name of ActivityJanuary 1, 2021 @ 1:00 PMWharton Auditorium
Name of ActivityJanuary 1, 2021 @ 1:00 PMWharton Auditorium


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Our Clinitioners

Dr. Devon Howard

Devon Howard began piano and organ studies in Colorado at the age of 8. After earning a BS degree in Organ Performance with Judy Glass at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, he went to The Netherlands on a Fulbright scholarship studying organ performance and improvisation with Aart Bergwerff and Sietze de Vries. In 2012, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Dr. Kimberly Marshall at Arizona State University. His dissertation was titled Organ Improvisation in Context. Currently, Devon serves Southwestern Adventist University as the Director of Keyboard and Theory Studies and Chair of the Department of Music.

Johnathan E.L. Wall

Since arriving at Southwestern Adventist University in 2009, Jonathan Wall has provided unparalleled music opportunities to the Southwestern community. He is the director of choral and vocal studies, working with students to help them develop into talented and professional musicians.

Under Jonathan’s guidance, the Southwestern University Singers have grown into an elite international touring ensemble, known for their variety-filled programs, exquisite harmonies, and expressive interpretation of text. In addition, Jonathan is the founder and director of the Southwestern Recital Series, a concert series designed to feature students, faculty, and guest musicians, hosted on the Southwestern campus. The series has produced over 70 concerts since its premiere.

Dr. Rogério Nunes

Brazilian violinist and violist Rogério Nunes holds a DMA in violin performance, with a minor in viola from the University of Georgia, where he was awarded a graduate assistantship. He also worked in his DMA in viola performance at the University of North Texas, where he was awarded the MDF (Master and Doctoral Fellowship) from the Toulouse Graduate School.

In Brazil, Rogério was a concertmaster and soloist of many orchestras and recorded as soloist of the Astor Piazzola’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, among others.

At the University of Georgia, he was awarded the March Moody Scholarship in Violin and the Director’s Award. Rogério has performed, recorded, and toured in the US and Brazil as a soloist with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra. He also has toured with the University of Georgia faculty quintet and thought master classes in Brazil.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this Music Festival for?

Students who are in 9th-12th grades.

Is there a charge for participating?


Where will I stay?

Due to Covid-19, minimal on-campus housing is available. The university enrollment department will help all accepted participants with arranging accommodations.

I applied, but haven't heard whether I have been accepted or not.

The director of the ensemble you applied for will let you know whether you're accepted.

Housing for individuals' families

Because this is a large event, Southwestern will not be able to provide housing for participants' family members. Local hotels within 7-10 miles: Alvarado – Comfort Inn and Suites, Burleson – LaQuinta, and Cleburne – Liberty Hotel have reasonable rates with the university.

Meals for participants' families

Meals are only provided for festival participants. Family members may purchase meals at the on-campus cafeteria.

Meyerson Tickets for teachers and chaperones

All registered teachers and chaperones will be provided with a ticket to the festival concert. For all others, tickets may be purchased online through our website or at the door.


Our Campus Services office will arrange transportation for individuals to and from the airport, bus station, or train station for $35 each way. You may contact them at 817-202-6240 to set up your transportation. You may also e-mail them at to make arrangements. Please confirm that they will be picking you up.

Transportation to Meyerson for individuals

Your chaperone is responsible for getting you to the Meyerson performance on Sunday evening and bringing you back.

What do I Wear?

For the performances, ladies need to wear a black dress and guys wear black pants and a jacket with a white dress shirt. If no black jacket, then wear a black dress shirt. During rehearsal, regular school attire.

See our past Meyerson and Music Festival photos here

A Night at the Meyerson 2019 Sponsors
Proceeds benefit the student music experience at Southwestern Adventist University. 

Civitas Senior Living
Lane and Renee Sensabaugh
Conductor's Circle
88.3 The Journey
Callahan & Freeman Architects
Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Sue Hayes and Ben Chambers 
Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Texas Health Huguley Hospital
Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Festival Friends
Dr. Tim Bainum
Collora Piano
Joe and Louise Laughlin Family
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas
Pinnacle Bank
Printing Sponsor
College Press

Contact Us

Scholarship information

Dr. Devon Howard
602-476-9667 |

Vocal Area

Jonathan E. L. Wall
817-202-6717 |

Instrumental Area

Dr. Rogério Nunes
817-202-6288 |

Food and Housing

Tina Bottsford
817-202-7366 |