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Sunflower Strings Festival

Spring 2016

February 5 - February 7, 2016

Still Accepting Applications


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The Annual Sunflower Strings Festival will take place February 5 - 7, 2016 on the campus of the University of Kansas. Providing an opportunity for advanced instruction for outstanding high school string performers in a supportive yet challenging environment, the Sunflower Strings Festival presents a parallel experience to the successful Prairie Winds Festival, with the goal of being one of the premier honor orchestra festivals in the nation. Sunflower Strings participants will perform onstage at the Lied Center in a joint concert with Prairie Winds groups.


Faculty for the Festival is comprised of the artist faculty from the University of Kansas. Students will work directly with these outstanding musicians and teachers throughout the weekend in master classes, clinics, chamber music coaching, and orchestra ensemble rehearsals. Delfeayo Marsalis will be a featured artist with KUSO during the festival. 

David Neely, director of orchestral activities
Richard Ryan, double bass
Jacob Dakon, music education in strings
Hannah Collins, cello

Festival Format

During the festival, students participate in master classes, chamber ensembles, and perform in select ensembles. The festival concludes with performances at KU's celebrated Lied Center. Please click here for the 2016 festival schedule. 


Sibelius: Andante Festivo                                                                        
Albinoni: Concerto á cinque  Op. 5, No. 10 in A major                                
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves 
Shirl Atwell: Drifen       

Festival Fee

All participants are charged $160.00 for participation in the festival. This includes the cost of housing and all meals except lunch on Saturday. A $40.00 non-refundable registration fee is included in the $160.00 participation fee.

Commuter option: Students may elect to commute to campus each day of the festival for a 50% reduction in the festival fee. For commuters, the festival fee will be $80. Students will participate in all events of the festival except those taking place at the hotel. Commuters will need to be on campus from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Students who have qualified for or previously played in all-state orchestra in their state receive a fee waiver and are responsible for only the $40 registration fee.

Register Here!


Participants are housed in the Lawrence Holiday Inn and are chaperoned by a trained staff of counselors. 

*All meals are included in the registration free except for lunch on Saturday. 


Festival participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Lawrence for the weekend. Lawrence is convenient to the Kansas City International Airport (MCI), and transportation from the airport is available.  


If you intend to audition for the KU School of Music, please make sure to check Yes in your registration! 

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