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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Kansas State University Orchestra
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1601 Goldstein Circle
Manhattan, KS  66506



Kansas State University Orchestra

Students from all majors are invited to audition for the Kansas State University Orchestra. The orchestra of nearly 80 students performs five concerts a year in McCain Auditorium under the leadership of Ms. Rachel Dirks. The orchestra frequently collaborates with theatre, dance, and choir, and plays a mix of modern selections and classical favorites.

New K-State Orchestra Conductor beginning Fall 2018

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. 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.