WSU Symphony Orchestra Concerts

September 20, 2018 - Andrea Banke, faculty oboist, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
October 11, 2018 - Concerto Aria Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
November 27, 2018 - Holiday Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
February 21, 2019 - Catherine Consiglio, faculty violist, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
May 5, 2019 - Oratorio Concert, Brahms's German Requiem, at 3:00 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall

WSU Symphony joins forces with Opera Theater

Street Scene by Kurt Weill, semi-staged concert performances
November 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
November4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall

L'enfant et les Sortileges by Maurice Ravel and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini,
fully staged
April 4-6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall
April 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Miller Concert Hall

For more information on the above concerts and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.

 

Audition for the WSU Symphony Orchestra
2018-2019 Season

Friday, August 17 (winds/brass)
Monday, August 20 (strings)

Experienced string, woodwind and brass players are invited to audition for the 2018-2019 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.


Audition Information

Strings

WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for string students will be held Monday, August 20. Students interested in auditioning for the WSU Symphony Orchestra should sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside of Dr. Laycock's office (B105). 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 17. Students interested in auditioning for the WSU Symphony Orchestra should sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside of Dr. Laycock's office (B105). 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

Welcome to the 2018-19 season of the WSU Symphony Orchestra!

Repertoire highlights in the upcoming year include Shostakovich's First Symphony and Elgar's Enigma Variations, as well as music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Britten. We also collaborate with two WSU faculty members: Professor of Oboe Andrea Banke performs Eugene Goosens' Concerto in One Movement, while Professor of Viola Catherine Consiglio is soloist for Jennifer HIgdon's Viola Concerto. Our Oratorio Concert, in collaboration with several university choirs, features Brahms's German Requiem, and we ring in the season with a holiday pops program at the end of the fall semester. WSU Opera Theatre productions include Weill's Street Scene, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Finally, the annual Concerto-Aria Concert spotlights outstanding student soloists.

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.


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


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.

WSU College of Fine Arts and School of Music

Boasting the only comprehensive College of Fine Arts in Kansas. Wichita State University also supports one of the most respected schools of music in the nation, featuring an exceptional faculty whose work is recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and national and regional symphonies, theatres and opera companies across the country. The size and international reputation of the School of Music create an exceptional range of opportunities with faculty who, while internationally reputed in their own right, are intensely focused on the individual student. Located in the largest city in Kansas, WSU offers students and faculty exposure to and participation in a stimulating variety of professional artistic and cultural endeavors. WSU students also have extensive opportunities for internships with a myriad of organizations in the metropolitan area. The longstanding partnership with the professional Wichita Symphony Orchestra, whose membership consists largely of WSU faculty, students and alumni, is but one example. The WSU School of Music is a living laboratory for learning, where musicians explore the unknown, learn how to develop their talent into professional skills, and discover first-hand the true meaning of artistry.

Mark Laycock

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 (2012) and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2007). 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 Conductor of the Wichita Symphony Youth Symphony. His work as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator spans 27 states; upcoming engagements encompass Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas. He has conducted all-state, region and district orchestras throughout the country. He has served the National Orchestra Festival as adjudicator and clinician, and in 2018 will begin a two-year term as chair of the event. His appearances with professional ensembles include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera and Opera Kansas, as well as orchestras in Slovakia and Canada. Dr. Laycock has presented clinic sessions for numerous state education conferences, as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Northwest and Northeast Division Conventions of the National Association for Music Education, and the Midwest Clinic. In May 2016, he presented professional development sessions for instrumental music educators in Brisbane, Australia; he returned in September to conduct the Sir Charles Mackerras String Orchestra of the Queensland State Honours Ensemble Program. From 2013-2015, Dr. Laycock was an invited music education panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, evaluating grant applications from institutions throughout the country.