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How to Join

Strings PlayerAuditions are not required to join the University Orchestra, or Vespers Festival Orchestra. Interested students for these ensembles should contact the Orchestra GTA for University Orchestra, and the Director of Orchestral Activities for the Vespers Festival Orchestra.

Winds and Percussion

For winds and percussion, auditions take place the first week of classes fall semester and again at the end of the fall semester for placement in the spring, and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music Professor. For more information on these auditions go to http://music.ku.edu/band/auditions


For strings, seating and placement auditions take place the first week of each semester and are heard by the conductors and the string faculty. Auditions consist of prepared orchestral excerpts only. These excerpts are available for download below.

Auditions are required for placement into the KU Symphony Orchestra, and KUSO is open to all students subject to successful audition. Auditioning does not necessarily guarantee a place in the ensemble, and placement in the KU Symphony Orchestra or KU University Orchestra is at the discretion of the panel.

All instrumental music majors, MEMT and music education majors, music minors, and all music scholarship recipients are required to audition. In addition, nonmajors who would like to be considered KU Symphony also need audition.

KU Symphony Orchestra Audition Excerpts

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.