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KSU Symphony Orchestra

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.


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