The Kent State University Orchestra performs the great symphonic and string orchestra literature.


Each year, the orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque period to the present. The orchestra performs a Subscription Series of five concerts, as well as the annual Evening with the Orchestra event, Kent State  Opera performances, and other special events. Soloists appearing with the orchestra include members of our performance faculty and winners of the annual Student Concerto Competition. Kent State choral ensembles often collaborate with the orchestra in the presentation of major works for chorus and orchestra. 


Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, from 2:15-4:10 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. 


  • Open to all Kent State undergraduate and graduate students regardless of major!
  • Anyone interested in joining needs to audition on their instrument (strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion).


audition preparation advice

  • Don't stress! 
  • Find recordings of the piece, if you don't already know it.
  • Learn what the whole orchestra sounds like in each excerpt.
  • Practice musically and expressively--not just technically.
  • Sometimes the excerpts don't show the tempo; you need to find the whole part on IMSLP.org, or listen to some recordings to get a good idea of how fast you should play each excerpt.  
  • You should also be aware of how these excerpts fit into the whole piece.
  • You can download the entire part for your instrument for this symphony here.  If you're completely unfamiliar with the idea of auditioning on orchestral excerpts, please read this brief article which offers some good preparation suggestions.


Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra
jkim73@kent.edu | 330-672-9235

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