How to Join
Auditions 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.