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Strings PlayerMembership in the KU Symphony is by blind audition and is open to all qualified students at the University.

Winds and Percussion

For winds and percussion, auditions take place the first week of classes fall semester and again at the end of 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, auditions take place the first week of each semester and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music Professor. Auditions consist of prepared excerpts and sight-reading (excerpts are available for download below). All auditions take place behind a screen, and placement will be based on how you perform. The Director of Orchestral Activities and the applied faculty member for your instrument will score your audition.

Audition Policy for strings

The KU Symphony Orchestra is open to all KU students who pass an audition. Auditions are required for placement into KU Symphony Orchestra. All instrumental music majors, music minors, MEMT majors, and all music scholarship recipients are required to take the audition. In addition, nonmajors who would like to be considered KU Symphony must take the audition. For non-music majors, taking the audition is not a guarantee of admittance.

KU Symphony Orchestra Audition Excerpts

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.

KU School of Music