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Ms. Rachel Dirks

Rachel Dirks is an active conductor, clinician, and educator. She holds cello performance degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Bethel College, and she is currently working towards her Ph.D. in music education and orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas. She is Director of Orchestras at Lawrence High School and Co-Music Director of the Lawrence Community Orchestra. As a guest conductor, she has been invited to conduct orchestras throughout the United States. As a featured clinician, she has presented at the Midwest International Clinic in Chicago, the Oregon Music Educators Convention, as well as many state and regional conventions and festivals. She is excited to join the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance next fall and looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence of the K-State Orchestra.


Dr. Cora Cooper

Dr. Cora Cooper teaches violin, viola, chamber music and string techniques.

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