The Kennesaw State University orchestra program was founded in 2004 with the establishment of the KSU Symphony Orchestra and expanded in 2010 to include the newly formed KSU Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Symphony—comprising over 70 KSU students—is committed to artistic and technical excellence in the performance of music from the symphonic canon, as well as contemporary compositions and pops literature. Recent repertoire highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 “Organ”, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, and Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel. The Symphony also regularly engages in collaborative performances with guest and faculty performers, guest and faculty composers, the KSU choirs, the KSU Opera Theater, and the KSU Department of Dance.