KU Orchestras

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The University of Kansas Orchestras

Offers you a wonderful musical environment in which to continue pursuing your passion of music-making, grow, and make connections with friends. No matter what your level of interest or major, there is a place for you in the KU Orchestras!


At KU, the orchestral program offers a vibrant and supportive musical community where you can pursue your passion for music, develop your skills, and connect with fellow musicians. Whether you're a seasoned musician or just starting your musical journey, there's a place for you in our orchestras.

Our ensembles include:

  • The KU Symphony Orchestra: Our flagship orchestra, open to all KU students by audition.
  • The KU Philharmonic Orchestra: A non-auditioned orchestra open to all KU students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • The KU Prairie Fire Orchestra: A premier chamber ensemble that performs and premieres challenging and diverse string and chamber ensemble repertoire.
  • The KU Repertory Orchestra: A reading orchestra that meets twice a semester to perform masterworks from the symphonic repertoire and is conducted by the .

Members of our ensembles also collaborate with other musical ensembles on campus, such as the KU Opera and KU Theatre departments, to enhance our artistic offerings.

Beyond our performances, we are dedicated to fostering the musical growth and development of our members. We host masterclasses with renowned guest artists, provide private lessons with our world-renowned faculty, and organize workshops covering topics such as music theory, conducting, and audition techniques.

Here, you'll have the opportunity to nurture your musical talent, connect with like-minded individuals, and contribute to the creation of extraordinary experiences. Don't miss out on this chance to be a part of something truly special. Come join us today!

For more information and to be added to our mailing list, fill out the information form. If you are interested in enrolling as a music major, you will be given the opportunity to develop your potential to the fullest in preparation for a professional music career. If you want to audition for the program and apply for scholarships, you can do so by visiting the links below. Please keep in mind that in addition to the music major application, you will also need to submit an application to the University of Kansas. For information on scholarship possibilities, visit the KU Scholarship website.

We invite prospective music students to visit our campus. If you would like to schedule a visit, please make an appointment with the Visitor Center by calling 785-864-3911. When you make your appointment, please mention that you would like to meet with the KU Orchestra Faculty and tour the facilities. You can also contact us by email at music@ku.edu.