About Us

The Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra is a vibrant 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!

Under the direction of Dr. Rachel Dirks, the orchestra performs exciting and engaging concerts in McCain Auditorium featuring a wide array of literature from contemporary works to classical favorites. For more information about our current season or to view past programs, visit our Concert Schedule page. We look forward to sharing music with you!

KSUSO Leadership Team


Dr. Rachel Dirks - Director/Conductor

Russell Clark - Graduate Assistant Director/Conductor

Community & Outreach:

Brayden Smith - Bass

Rachel Woodbury - Bassoon

Recruitment & Retention:

Nicholas Dvorske - Cello

Bridget O'Neill - Violin

Communications & Marketing:

Mikaela Lange - Cello

Kaitlyn Jones - Violin


Blake Modean - Viola

Ashleigh Lincicome - Violin

Director/Orchestra Liaison

Hannah Sullivan - Bassoon

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

Rachel Dirks, Director 

Applied Cello and Bass, and String Education



Madeleine Jansen, 

Applied Violin and Viola