WSU Symphony Orchestra Concerts

September 17, 2019 – Rachelle Goter, faculty clarinetist, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
October 29, 2019 – Timothy Jones, faculty violinist, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
November 19, 2019 – Stage and Screen Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
February 27, 2020 – Concerto-Aria Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
May 3, 2020 - Oratorio Concert at 3:00 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall

WSU Symphony joins forces with Opera Theater

Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Mozart, fully staged
March 19-21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
March 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall

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Audition for the WSU Symphony Orchestra

2019-2020 Season
Friday, August 16 (winds/brass)
Monday, August 19 (strings)

Sign up for a time here!

Experienced string, woodwind and brass players are invited to audition for the 2019-2020 WSU Symphony Orchestra.

Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to audition. Private lessons are available to all instrumentalists regardless of major. An audition is required for both new and returning members of the orchestra.

Auditions/Enrollment

  • Membership in the WSU Symphony Orchestra is open to all Wichita State students by audition.
  • Students interested in joining the WSU Symphony should register for MUSP 211A/Orchestra.
  • Auditions occur on or before the first day of the fall semester.
  • Rehearsals are held Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-4:20, and Friday, 2:30-3:20.

Audition Information

Strings

WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for string students will be held Monday, August 19. Students interested in auditioning for the WSU Symphony Orchestra should sign up for an audition time here. The orchestra audition will consist of a major scale (two or three octaves) and requested passages to be announced. Violinists may choose to audition on either first or second part; some rotation of seating will occur from concert to concert. For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.

Violin 1 audition excerpt

Violin 2 audition excerpt

Viola audition excerpt

Cello audition excerpt

Bass audition excerpt

Woodwind and Brass

WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for woodwind and brass students will be held Friday, August 16. Students interested in auditioning for the WSU Symphony Orchestra should sign up for an audition time here. The orchestra audition will consist of a major scale (two or three octaves), a prepared solo or orchestral excerpt(s) approximately five minutes in length, and a short passage of sight reading. For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.

Cellos

Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra

Seventy members strong, the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. Students from any academic discipline with performing experience are welcome to audition. The orchestra has performed in Carnegie Hall (2011) and internationally (Spain, 2008; Canada, 2014), as well at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the state conference of the Kansas Music Educators Association. Recent collaborations include performances with operatic bass Samuel Ramey, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, the classic rock band Kansas, and the arena multimedia concert Video Games Live.

Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras

Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship. He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities. He is Conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony and Director of the Wichita Youth Orchestras Program. His work as guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator spans 34 states. Appearances in the current season include the Bangkok International String Festival, the all-state orchestras of Florida and Washington, educational sessions at the Conn-Selmer Institute and The Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop, and adjudication in California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, and Oregon.

Program Highlights

  • Three major performances each semester
  • Opera productions, oratorios, annual concerto competition
  • Repertoire spanning nearly 300 years of standard orchestral literature
  • Recent highlights include Beethoven’s Sixth and Ninth Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, Brahms’s First Symphony, Stravinsky’s Petrushka Suite, and Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony.
  • Opportunity for private study with world-class faculty: Betul Soykan, violin; Catherine Consiglio, viola; Leonid Shukaev, cello; and Mark Foley, double bass
  • Students from any academic discipline are welcome to audition

Notable Alumni

Eric Crawford, string bass
•Orchestra Director, Wichita East High School
•Orchestra Curriculum Coach, Wichita Public Schools
•Conductor, Wichita Symphony Youth Chamber Players

Jonathan Dozois, horn
•Acting Assistant Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Edwin Livingston, double bass
•Los Angeles-based studio musician
•Jazz studies faculty, USC Thornton School of Music
•Grammy-nominated bassist for Los Hombres Calientes

Susan Spector, oboe
•Second Oboist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City

Daniel Whistler, horn
•Director of Orchestras, Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, Kentucky
•First Prizewinner, The American Prize in Conducting, High School Orchestra Division