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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Circle
Manhattan, KS  66506





The Kansas State Symphony Orchestra is a community of musicians representing many major fields of study including music performance, music education, engineering, architecture, computer programming, business, foreign language, and many more.  All musicians are welcome!  The orchestra performs five concerts a year in McCain Auditorium under the direction of Ms. Rachel Dirks. The orchestra frequently collaborates with colleagues throughout the school of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and performs a wide array of literature from modern selections to classical favorites.                                             

2018-2019 Season - Celebrating Leonard Bernstein

Join the KSU Symphony Orchestra for an exciting season of music that makes you laugh, dance, and sing.  Each concert will feature works by Leonard Bernstein, joining  orchestras around the globe as they celebrate his 100th birthday!

December 4, 2018 - DANCE!

Our third concert of the season will feature dances written for the orchestra by Bernstein, Copland, and many more.  In addition, we will feature the K-State Dance Studio and Vocal Division Student Aria Soloists.  Join us for a wonderful evening!  7:30 p.m. -  McCain Auditorium

Scholarship Auditions for ALL String Musicians - Saturday, February 9, 2019 or by Appointment

Students from all majors are invited to audition for the Kansas State University Orchestra!  If you would like to play with the K-State Symphony Orchestra, please make sure to audition this coming spring for an orchestra scholarship!  Financial assistance is available for all string players, regardless of major.  Additional scholarships are available for music majors and music minors.