Ensembles

Orchestral Ensembles

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For information or to join the KSU Orchestra, contact Michael Alexander at 678-797-2141 or malex919@kennesaw.edu. Audition materials available here

Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Audition Information

All KSU students interested in Performing in the Top Instrumental Rotation (Symphony Orchestra/ Wind Ensemble) are required to audition. (University Philharmonic and Concert Band are available without an audition and just by registering for the class.) Auditions take place August 10-13. Please sign up here for an audition time for your instrument. Results will be posted on August 15. Students should then drop/add accordingly for the appropriate ensemble. Once you fill out the sign-up form, an audition time will be e-mailed to you within seven days.

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Audition Excerpts

Bassoon
Bass Trombone
Cello
Clarinet
Double Bass
Drums
Euphonium
Flute
Harp
Horn
Oboe
Percussion
Sax
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Viola
Violin

Please print the excerpts for your instrument and be prepared to play them plus 1-2 minutes of the solo or etude of your choice. Please be 10 minutes early to your audition AND DRESSED APPROPRIATELY. (Professional Business Attire). All auditions will take place in the Bailey Performance Hall. Please send questions to Dr. Kehler (Wind Ensemble conductor) or Dr. Alexander (Orchestra conductor). We look forward to hearing you.

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. Read more

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.


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For information or to join the KSU Philharmonic Orchestra, contact Charles Laux at
470-578-6553 or claux@kennesaw.edu.

The KSU Philharmonic is an orchestra for string players that 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 having musical experiences throughout their college years. The orchestra performs a wide variety of string orchestra literature from different time periods. Read more

The orchestra is under the direction of Mr. Charles Laux and rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in the Bailey Performance Center. Each semester the orchestra performs approximately two concerts and collaborates with members of the KSU Concert Band to form a full orchestra.

Interested students should register for MUSI 1144 or 3344. A zero credit option is also available! There is no audition requirement, however previous string/orchestra performing experience is necessary. Come join us to sharpen your string playing skills, meet new people, and have some fun making wonderful music!


Wind Ensemble

For information or to join the KSU Wind Ensemble, please contact Dr. David Kehler at dkehler1@kennesaw.edu An audition is required for entrance into this ensemble at the beginning of each academic year. Audition materials available here

Wind Ensemble Audition Information

All KSU students interested in Performing in the Top Instrumental Rotation (Symphony Orchestra/ Wind Ensemble) are required to audition. (University Philharmonic and Concert Band are available without an audition and just by registering for the class.) Auditions take place August 10-13. Please sign up here for an audition time for your instrument. Results will be posted on August 15. Students should then drop/add accordingly for the appropriate ensemble. Once you fill out the sign-up form, an audition time will be e-mailed to you within seven days.

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Audition Excerpts

Bassoon
Bass Trombone
Clarinet
Euphonium
Flute
Harp
Horn
Oboe
Sax
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba

Please print the excerpts for your instrument and be prepared to play them plus 1-2 minutes of the solo or etude of your choice. Please be 10 minutes early to your audition AND DRESSED APPROPRIATELY. (Professional Business Attire). All auditions will take place in the Bailey Performance Hall.
Please send questions to Dr. Kehler (Wind Ensemble conductor) or Dr. Alexander (Orchestra conductor). We look forward to hearing you.

The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble serves the University as the top concert band on campus. Formed in 1996, the KSU Wind Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire encompassing large works for band, wind ensemble repertoire, and chamber music. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to lead in supporting and creating consortiums for the development of new music, which have included the creation of new works by Steven Bryant, Michael Markowski, Joel Puckett, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, and an upcoming commission by Pulitzer Prize winner, Joseph Schwantner. In addition, leading composers including Chen Yi, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang have visited and worked directly with the Ensemble and its students. Read more

Because of KSU’s continued close relationship with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera Orchestra, collaborations and performances have resulted with many of those principal players. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to serve as an important musical voice in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and has been featured frequently on 90.1 FM (WABE- Atlanta public radio), and has garnered praise from leading composers including Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, David Lang, David Maslanka, Scott McAllister, and others. In 2012, the KSU Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble and hosted the Southern Division College Band Directors /National Band Association Conference. In 2013, the KSU Wind Ensemble was the Winner for the American Prize for best wind ensemble/concert band performance.

Concert Band

For information or to join the KSU Concert Band, please contact Dr. Debra Traficante at dtrafica@kennesaw.edu. No audition is required to enroll, but prior instrumental experience is required.

The Kennesaw State University Concert Band serves the University as the second concert band on campus. This ensemble provides performing opportunities for all students campus-wide. (Prior instrumental experience is required). In addition, music education students may perform in the ensemble on a secondary instrument. Chair placements will occur at the beginning of each semester during the first class meeting. To enroll and perform in the KSU Concert Band, students must register for MUSI 1145 or MUSI 3345 for one credit hour. The ensemble performs concerts twice each semester in the Bailey Performance Center on the KSU campus. 

Jazz Ensembles

Led by Sam Skelton, The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of instrumentalists from KSU and the community by audition. The Jazz Ensemble performs a great variety of styles and composers, performing six times yearly. Recent performances have included programs of Brazilian and Latin jazz, swing concerts, music from the musical theatre, jazz rock, and retrospectives of such composers as Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and others. Read more

Membership in the ensemble develops general jazz performance and improvisational skills, giving students the flexibility to meet the varying demands of today's musical world. These goals are pursued through rehearsals, workshops, and performances of the full jazz ensemble as well as numerous small combos.

Jazz Combos

Jazz Guitar Ensemble


Choral & Vocal Studies

Chamber Singers

The Kennesaw State University Chamber Singers, the premiere choral ensemble at Kennesaw State University, is comprised of 44 mixed voices including both music majors and non-majors from across the campus.

Invited to perform at the 2002 and 2006 GMEA In-Service Convention, the Chamber Singers have collaborated with the KSU Orchestra in the works of Mozart, with the KSU Opera Theatre program in works of Verdi, and with KSU's Gospel Choir. Additionally, the KSU Chamber Singers regularly collaborate with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra; recent repertoire includes works of Brahms, Orff, and Handel.

Chorale

For more information or to join the KSU Chorale, contact Alison Mann at 770-423-6392 or amann9@kennesaw.edu.

The KSU Chorale, directed by Dr. Alison Mann, performs eclectic, diverse, and challenging repertoire that develops the total musician. The choral offerings at KSU are designed to make a quality choral ensemble available to each Kennesaw State student. Read more

The KSU Chorale is a non-auditioned choir open to both music and non-music majors, for credit and non-credit. Chorale participates in 4-5 major concerts per year in the Bailey Performance Center on campus. If you are looking for a great way to stay involved in music and meet singers from across the University, the KSU Chorale is for you!

Chorale - MUSI 3349
1 credit hour - CRN 13643
1 credit hour - CRN 13643 (MUSI 1149)
0 credit hours - CRN 13677

Men’s Ensemble

The Men’s Ensemble was formed in 1998. A select group of 22 men participate in this ensemble. They sing a variety of a cappella works in a pop and jazz vocal style as well as standard repertoire for men’s voices. The Men’s Ensemble performs on all major concerts and regularly performs for schools and civic organizations. The Men’s Ensemble is fast becoming the most well-known and sought after vocal group on campus.

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre at KSU is an enriching program geared toward the vocal major wishing to pursue a career in singing. Each year, a fully staged production, accompanied by the KSU Orchestra is given. Recent past productions have included Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, and Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Additionally, the Opera Theatre produces the annual “Opera Gala,” a production of operatic arias, ensembles and choruses from the world’s best-loved operas. Theatre techniques, research into topic background, and character development enrich the approach to the study of opera.

For more information, please contact Eileen Moremen at emoremen@kennesaw.edu.

Women’s Choir

Women’s Choir

For information or to join the KSU Women's Choir, contact Alison Mann at 770-423-6392 or amann9@kennesaw.edu.

The KSU Women’s Choir returned to campus in the Fall of 2008 under the direction of Dr. Alison Mann. The chorus is made of women from across the university featuring many music majors and non-major and performs a wide variety of literature from all time periods and styles.

The KSU Women’s Choir participates in the KSU Women’s Choral Day, a one-day singing event that brings nearly 300 high school singers to campus and the Georgia Collegiate Women’s Choral Festival.

The chorus’ goals are to create high quality music in a collaborative and enjoyable environment.

Women’s Choir - MUSI 3380
1 credit hour - CRN 13693
0 credit hours - CRN 13695

Chamber Ensembles

The KSU Mixed Chamber Ensembles

The Kennesaw State University Mixed Chamber Program is expanding rapidly. The program trains musicians in classical and contemporary chamber repertoire. Student ensembles receive regular faculty coachings from Professor David Watkins and Dr. Allyson Fleck. Each semester the student groups perform in a final concert. Students also have the opportunity of performing in Master Classes with visiting guest artist ensembles. This semester the Kennesaw State University Mixed Chamber Program has over ten ensembles performing works by composers such as Brahms, Shubert, Beethoven and Dvorak.
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Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensemble performs the finest large and small compositions in the brass repertoire. Founded by William "Bill" Hill, one of the nation's most distinguished brass pedagogues, the Brass Ensemble programs original works by Britten, Copland, Gabrieli, and Tomasi among others. The Brass Ensemble performs four times throughout the academic year in joint concerts with the KSU Wind Ensemble.

In addition to exploring the major works for full orchestral brass sections, the Brass Ensemble forms smaller ensembles to perform trio, quartet and quintet repertoire in a chamber setting. In this formation the works of Ruggles, Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Bassett, Ewald, Beethoven and others are explored, either in settings for mixed brass or in ensembles of like instruments.

Clarinet Ensemble

Coached by Ted Gurch and John Warren, the Clarinet Ensemble explores chamber music for clarinets and for clarinet choir. The complete family of clarinets are utilized, including E flat, A, Alto, Bass and Contra-Bass clarinets.

Flute Ensemble

The Flute Ensemble, coached by Cecilia Price, provides KSU flutists a performance venue for duet, trio, quartet and choir repertoire of composers such as Kuhlau, Boismortier, Bozza, Damase, Joplin and Adler. The ensemble makes full use of the family of flute instruments, utilizing piccolo, alto and bass flutes in addition to the standard C flute.

Percussion Ensemble

Using traditional and non-traditional instruments and compositions, the Percussion Ensemble affords the KSU percussionists the opportunity to explore repertoire written chiefly for percussion instruments.

Guitar Ensemble

The Kennesaw State University Marching Band

“The Marching Owls” - will begin their inaugural year in the Fall of 2015. “The Marching Owls" will consist of members from all majors and degree areas on campus. Membership will be gained through audition, and that process will be explained in more detail in the upcoming Spring semester. After the consolidation is complete in January with SPSU, all students on that campus are highly encouraged to audition, as well!

Currently, “The Marching Owls" have a Facebook page: Kennesaw State University Marching Band - as well as a Twitter feed: KSUMarching Band. “Like" and “Follow" those pages for the most current, up-to-date information regarding “The Marching Owls" - until we can get our website built (marchingowls.com) with FAQs, upcoming audition information, and much more hosted on there. To register for an Information Session that will better explain the philosophy, structure, and auditions for the program, please click here and find the best date/time to attend a session in February 2015.

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For any questions regarding the KSUMB, please contact Director, Dr. Debra Traficante