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In 2013 Rob Archibald founded Seattle’s Ensign Symphony & Chorus. With the assistance of an amazing leadership team, he recruited local musicians and held our first concert on October 21, 2013 in Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA. Since our first concert, Ensign Symphony & Chorus has welcomed many guest artists to our stage.
Rob Archibald and Wife Jacki, presented with flowers at his final concert as Ensign Symphony & Chorus conductor.
Jenny Oaks Baker
The Rogue Pianist (Kimberly Starkey)
Dallyn Vail Bayles
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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 concertsMost 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.