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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

Rachel Dirks, Director          





The Kansas State University 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 Dr. 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.                    

KSUSO Audition Excerpts & Sign Ups Now Available!

All musicians, regardless of major, are welcome to audition for the Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra.

Membership in the KSUSO is contingent upon a successful placement audition. To access audition excerpts for your instrument, and to learn more about the audition process, visit the August Placement Audition page.

Ready to sign up for an audition time? Click HERE to sign up for an audition time on August 21 or 22. More information about fall auditions, including audition excerpts, is available on the August Placement Audition page.

Please Send Me More Information!

If you would like more information about the orchestra, becoming a music major or minor, or the string scholarship audition process, please fill out the following contact information survey. 


You can also contact either Dr. Cora Cooper or Dr. Rachel Dirks via email anytime with specific questions or concerns.

Scholarships are Available for All Majors!

The K-State Symphony Orchestra offers scholarship opportunities for music and music education majors, music minors, as well as musicians pursuing other degrees of study. For more information on the scholarship process, please visit our SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS page.

Preferred Scholarship Submissions are due Monday, February 1, 2021.

Looking to Major in Music or Music Education?

To pursue a music major, you must complete an audition for admittance into the program. This audition will also serve as your scholarship audition. All music students seeking preferred music scholarships should submit their audition video no later than February 1, 2021.

For specific audition requirements, click here.

K-12 Music Teachers - We're here to help!

Members of the K-State String Division and Symphony Orchestra are excited to provide a wonderful variety of presentations, clinics, and other outreach projects for music programs of all ages. Visit the String Education Resources page for more information on how we can support you and your students this school year.

Summer Masters Program - String Education Track

Start earning your advanced degree in Music Education through our 3-summer graduate school program. Our hybrid course design offers the benefit of on-campus instruction for one week each summer followed by the convenience of online instruction and program development. Check here or more information and to enroll. If you have specific questions about the string track, please feel free to contact Rachel Dirks: rdirks@ksu.edu