The University Orchestra brings to campus the great symphonic works from the Baroque to the present. Overtures, symphonies, suites, guest soloists, and new commissioned works are regularly performed. The orchestra has also performed fully staged productions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.
KU student musicians have the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra. Past performances by students have included Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Schumann's Piano Concerto, Vivaldi's Concerto for two Trumpets, Kai Stensgaard's Marimba Concerto, Saint-Saen's Carnival of the Animals, and arias from operatic works.
The orchestra rehearses twice a week and performs at least one concert each semester. In addition to performing exciting music, playing in the KU orchestra is an opportunity to meet other creative and musical students.