The Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra began in the Fall of 2004 and in 2010 expanded to include the KSU Philharmonic. The symphony orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire from all time periods and styles. Students in the orchestra are made up of music majors and non-music majors with an interest in orchestral repertoire and come from distinguished high school programs and honor ensembles across the region.
In 2009 the KSU Orchestra was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and hosted and performed at the 2010 College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference. Other highlights of the 2009-2010 year included a residency and performance with violinist David Perry. In January 2011, the KSU Orchestra completed a three-concert tour of Beijing and Xian, China.
Highlights of the 2011-2012 Season included a performance with KANSAS at the Cobb Energy Centre on September 30, and residencies with Romanian conductor, Ovidiu Balan and cellist Jesús Castro Balbi. 2012-2013 included two world premieres, the first University Orchestra performance of Peter Gabriel’s New Blood, and a guest appearance by Alan Baer, principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic.
The 2013-2014 season featured the Orchestra performing Illuminations, composed by KSU composer-in-residence Laurence Sherr. In November, the Orchestra performed a concerto with MacArthur Fellow and pianist Jeremy Denk. The Orchestra will combine forces with the KSU Wind Ensemble in January 2014 to perform the music of The Who. Then, in February, the Orchestra will perform in the Kennesaw State New Music Festival featuring world-renowned composer Chen Yi, who was commissioned to write a Violin Concertino celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Professor of Violin, Helen Kim, at KSU. In March, the Orchestra will present Brahms' Symphony No. 4 featuring KSU artist-in-residence in viola, Catherine Lynn, and guest conductor David Becker.
Ensemble Audition Information
All KSU School of Music instrumental students are required to complete an ensemble placement audition at the beginning of Fall Semester each academic year. Based on these auditions, students will be placed in either the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra rotation or the Wind Symphony/Philharmonic rotation.
Depending on openings in the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra rotation after Fall Semester, students may be selected to transfer from either the Wind Symphony or Philharmonic based on their performance in fall juries and recommendations by their studio teachers in consultation with the conductors of either the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra.
For information or to join the KSU Symphony Orchestra, contact:
Dr. Nathaniel Parker
KSU Philharmonic is an orchestra for string players from across the university, including players who are non-music majors or music majors wishing to perform on a secondary string instrument. Playing in the Philharmonic is a great way for KSU students to continue enjoying musical experiences throughout their college years. The orchestra performs a wide variety of string orchestra literature from different time periods.
The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Nancy Conley and rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 am-12:15 p.m. in the Bailey Performance Center. Each semester the orchestra performs approximately two concerts.
Interested students should register for MUSI 1144 or 3344. A zero credit option is also available.