The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra (KUSO) studies and performs standard orchestral repertoire and 20th-century masterworks and combines with the KU Choirs for the annual productions of the Holiday Vespers. It also performs as part of the KU Opera productions.
The University of Kansas Orchestral Program offers a range of ensembles and caters to all students wishing to enjoy an orchestral experience during their time on campus.
The Symphony Orchestra (KUSO), is one of the outstanding collegiate orchestras in the country. It is the flagship orchestral ensemble in the School of Music and the central ensemble for majors in the string area. Membership of KUSO is largely comprised of music majors, however it is open to all qualified students at the university, regardless of major, via successful audition at the beginning of each semester.
The University Orchestra (KUUO), was established in fall 2020. It is open to all students from across the university without audition or pre-requisite. The University Orchestra rehearses once weekly, typically presents 1-2 concerts per semester, and is led by the graduate students in orchestral conducting.
The Vespers Festival Orchestra (VFO) is a community orchestra which convenes in November-December to enjoy a side-by-side performance with KUSO at the annual Vespers performances. The VFO is open to all members of the KU and Lawrence community – staff, faculty, alumni, parents, friends, local area high school students etc.
Whatever your orchestral experience, the KU Orchestral Program welcomes you!