PRESS INFORMATION

The official resource for all News Media and the Public.

THE BEGINNING

In 2013 Rob Archibald founded Seattle’s Ensign Symphony & Chorus. With the assistance of an amazing leadership team he recruited local musicians and held their first concert on October 21, 2013 in the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA. Since their first concert Ensign Symphony & Chorus has welcomed many guest artists to their stage.

Rob Archibald and Wife Jacki, presented with flowers at his final concert as Ensign Symphony & Chorus conductor.

GUESTS

Nathan Pacheco

Jenny Oaks Baker
Jennifer Thomas
J.ournal
The Rogue Pianist (Kimberly Starkey)
David Archuleta
Hilary Weeks
GENTRI
David Zabriskie
Craig Jessop
Dallyn Vail Bayles
Sunbeam Choi
Alex Boye
Crawford Gates

PRESS PASS

Press interested in special tickets, passes or interviews please use our contact page to reach us.

HISTORY

Frequently asked questions

How do I pronounce "Ensign"?


[en-sahyn] The final part "sign" is NOT pronounced "sen" but instead as the actual word "sign". Listen here. We hope as we pursue our mission we will be an "Ensign" to the people of the greater Puget Sound region of quality wholesome music that strengthens and uplifts our audiences.




What kind of music does Ensign perform?


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 and other contemporary artists. We have performed music from films, and special arrangements of classical and pop music with our guest artists. Each concert is a beautiful mixture of many styles of music all with the purpose of uplifting and inspiring our audience.




What is proper concert attire?


Formal attire – such as tuxedos and formal gowns – are not common at our concerts. Many concert goers wear business or dressy attire. Jeans, however, or a more casual attire are not frowned upon.




What time can I be seated?


The concert hall opens 30 minutes prior to the concert. Guests are encouraged to be seated 15 minutes prior to start times.




Can infants or children attend the concert?


Infants and children regularly attend our concerts. We ask that they be quickly removed from the hall if they become disruptive. Entry requires a valid ticket for all individuals, including children who might otherwise not occupy a seat. A video monitor in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby allows patrons to hear and see the action on stage.




Can I bring my large bag or backpack?


Large bags, backpacks and knapsacks are not allowed in the auditorium. These items may be left at the complimentary coat check located in The Boeing Company Gallery.




Can I buy food or drinks at the performance?


There are a variety of dining options at Benaroya Hall. Learn more about your options here.




How long are Ensign concerts


Most performances run about two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.




May I take pictures or record concerts?


Photography is permitted during concerts (unless otherwise requested) – please refrain from using flash photography as it is distracting to performers. If you post images on social media please use #seattleensign. Video and Audio recordings in Benaroya Hall or of Ensign Symphony & Chorus are not allowed.




What if I arrive late?


Ticketholders who arrive after the concert begins will be seated in the auditorium only during appropriate pauses in the music. A video monitor in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby allows late patrons to hear and see the action on stage while waiting for late seating opportunities.





SEASON 1

October 21, 2013 – High on the Mountain Top with guest Jenny Oaks Baker
December 24, 2013 – Light and Hope
March 8, 2014 – The Power and Majesty of God
May 9, 2014 – Visions of Eternity with composer Crawford Gates
July 5, 2014 – God Bless America with guest Alex Boye

SEASON 2

October 18, 2014 – Ode to Joy
December 15, 2014 – What Child is This
February 27, 2015 – The Power and the Glory with guest Sunbeam Choi
April 17, 2015 – Jesus Christ, Messiah
July 3, 2015 – Pioneers and Patriots with guest Dallyn Vail Bayles

SEASON 3

October 24, 2015 – All Things Bright and Beautiful
December 14 & 15, 2015 – Alleluia with guest Jennifer Thomas
February 21, 2016 – The Road Less Traveled with conductor Craig Jessop
April 18, 2016 – Testament of Paul with composer David Zabriskie
June 25, 2016 – American Salute

SEASON 4

October 17, 2016 – True Light
December 19 & 20, 2016 – Noel with guest Gentri
March 10, 2017 – Good News with guest Hilary Weeks
May 8, 2017 – Mother, Tell Me the Story with Ensign Children’s Choir
July 8, 2017 – American Dream

SEASON 5: PURE LOVE

October 27, 2017 – King of Kings
December 18 & 19, 2017 – Hosannah
March 9, 2018 – Hold On with Ensign Youth Chorus
May 11, 2018 – Glorious with guest David Archuleta
July 7, 2018 – God Bless America with guests Jennifer Thomas, J.ournal, and The Rogue Pianist

SEASON 6: UNSPEAKABLE JOY

October 22, 2018 – Rejoice, The Lord is King with New Conductor Steve Danielson and Guest Conductor Debi Richards
December 17, 2018 – Joy to the World with guests Ensign Youth & Children’s Choirs
March 1, 2019 – Sunshine in My Soul
April 5, 2019 – Rhapsody (Symphony Only) with guest Jenny Oaks Baker
June 14, 2019 – Home: Celebrating Freedom

SEASON 7: IN HIS LIGHT

October 14, 2019 – Lux! with guest Nathan Pacheco
December 16, 2019 – Follow the Star with guests Ensign Youth Singers
March 7, 2020 – Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Postponed due to CoVid-19
April 25, 2020 – Bearers of Heavenly Light (Symphony Only)
June 12, 2020 – Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

June 1, 2018 – The Star-Spangled Banner at The Seattle Mariners Game

September 15, 2018 – Devotional with President Russell M. Nelson at Safeco Field

February 15, 2019 – BYU Law Society Conference fireside with Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk

March 9, 2019 – Ensign Youth & Children's Choirs perform Disney! at Highland Center for people with developmental disabilities

March 18, 2019 – Ensign Youth & Children's Choirs sing at Redmond Care & Rehabilitation Services for the Day of Service

May 31, 2019 – The Star-Spangled Banner at The Seattle Mariners Game

December 8, 2019 – Seafair Holiday Cruise for people with developmental disabilities

RECORDINGS

May 9, 2015 –

Silent Night recorded with Jennifer Thomas. Written and produced by Jennifer Thomas for her album Winter Symphony. Released Nov 15, 2015

Alleluia recorded with Jennifer Thomas. Written and produced by Jennifer Thomas for her album Winter Symphony. Released Nov 15, 2015

May 29, 2018 –

The Fire Within recorded with Jennifer Thomas. Written and produced by Jennifer Thomas for her album The Fire Within. Released October 12, 2018. The song was world debuted on stage with Ensign, along with several other songs from her album on July 17, 2018.

MUSIC THAT MATTERS, LYRICS THAT INSPIRE

© 2018 Ensign Symphony & Chorus

Seattle, WA USA
ABOUT  |  CONTACT US  |  DONATE
PRIVACY POLICY

JOIN THE FAMILY