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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.                                             

Looking to Major in Music or Music Education?

To pursue a music major, you must complete an audition for admittance into the program on one of the dates listed above or by appointment.  This audition will also serve as your scholarship audition.  All auditions must be completed by February 15 in order to be considered for a preferred scholarship. 

For specific audition requirements, click here.

I want to play in orchestra!

Auditions for orchestra placement will be held the weekend before the first week of classes in August.  Check this website for audition materials and audition schedules after June 1, 2019.

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!

FINAL Concert! - Beethoven & Berstein - 7:30 pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - McCain Auditorium

Join the K-State Symphony Orchestra for an evening of music from Beethoven to Bernstein.  Special guest artists will include student soloists, the Flint Hills Children's Choir, with Janie Brokenicky and Bryan Pinkall.