and Accreditation. The Music Program offers degrees with
specializations in the following areas: performance,
performance with pedagogy emphasis, theory-composition, music
education, music theater, and music history. A music minor is
Ensembles. The Music Program offers a fantastic variety
of ensemble opportunities to all students at Kansas State
University. Large ensembles include the Wind Ensemble,
Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, and the K-State Marching
Band—The Pride of Wildcat Land. Small ensembles offer
instrumentalists and vocalists a broad range of chamber music
settings to explore diverse musical styles such as classical,
jazz, Latin, pop, and early music.Students who participate in
ensembles enjoy many performance and travel opportunities.
Students perform in Kansas State University’s own McCain
Auditorium, All Faiths Chapel Auditorium, and other venues
across campus and throughout Manhattan.Our ensembles perform
at major regional, national, and international conferences and
have traveled throughout the world. Some particularly notable
destinations include Paris, London, Australia, Fiji, Ireland,
Hawaii, Italy, and Dallas for the 2012 ATT Cotton Bowl. While
a competitive audition is required to participate in many
ensembles, some ensembles are open to any student. Please
visit the ensemble and individual studio websites for more
specific information and details about large and small
ensembles at Kansas State University.
Keyboard Instruments. Organs include Austin Organs Op.
2352 (1961), the last three manual organ designed by James B.
Jamison and the recipient of a Historic Organ Citation by the
Organ Historical Society, a nine-rank mechanical organ by
Werner Bosch Orgelbau (Op. 670, 1970), and a three-rank
continuo organ by J.W. Walker & Sons (1989), a gift of the
late Marion Pelton. For the performance of early music, the
department owns two-manual harpsichords built by Anderson
Dupree (1983), a gift of Robert and Jennifer Edwards and
Rainer Schütze (1971), a gift of Marion Pelton. The Austin
organ, housed in All Faiths Chapel Auditorium, has undergone
major renovations. The first phase of the renovation, an
investment of $60,000 took place in 2010. The second and final
phase of the renovation, estimated at $80,000, was undertaken
The Music Program’s Bullock Wing and Chandler Wing include
eleven new upright pianos acquired between 2010 and 2012.
Additional spaces contain two seven-foot grand pianos,
acquired new in 2010 and 2012, respectively. In 2012, The
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance acquired two upright
pianos and a seven-foot grand piano for Nichols Hall. A new
upright piano was acquired for McCain’s Graduate Seminar Room
in 2011. The Wilson Chamber Music Room features a seven-foot
Steinway grand piano, acquired in 2010.
McCain Auditorium. Kansas State University’s McCain
Auditorium is the campus cultural center for the live
performing arts. McCain has a rich history of bringing
world-class engaging experiences to northeastern Kansas.
McCain, which seats 1,751, serves students, faculty and staff,
along with the general public. Performances are accessible to
anyone to enjoy, and McCain hosts many family-friendly events.
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