Join the KSO

Current openings:

  • First violin
  • Second violin
  • Principal cello
  • Second horn
  • Trombone
  • Percussion

Auditions
Musicians interested in auditioning for KSO are asked to play 2 or 3 contrasting excerpts of their choice from orchestral or solo repertoire. Excerpts should include a variety of articulations and techniques (e.g. off-string strokes for strings, stopped notes for horns, etc.). Choose excerpts that best display your technique, intonation, range, tone, rhythmical ability, and general musicality. Your audition will last approximately 3 to 5 minutes and may include a few questions.

If you are interested in becoming a member please send an e-mail to kenwoodsymphonyorchestra@yahoo.com. Please include your phone number and we’ll get in touch to schedule your audition. Watch a video about the KSO experience.

Rehearsals
Our season runs from the first Monday after Labor Day until mid-May the following spring. Regular rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 6:45 PM until 9:15 PM in the band room at Washburn High School. Washburn is located on 50th Street just west of Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis. Parking is available in the staff lot and on the street. Use the west facing door #8 adjacent to the staff parking lot. The band room is located on the first level straight down the hallway from the entry.

After a few weeks off we resume in mid-July for our fun Summer POPS! series.

Performances
The KSO performs five programs during the regular season and two to three Summer POPS! concerts. As part of our mission to perform free of charge only two of those concerts require tickets; The Nutcracker with the Metropolitan Ballet and the KSO’s Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Concert. Outreach efforts include live performances for music lovers in residential care facilities.

Dues
In addition to ticketed sales, grants, and donations, member dues are an important part of the KSO economic structure. Dues are $110 ($50 for full-time students) per season and due on the third rehearsal in September. Waivers and other arrangements are available for those for whom the dues represent an economic hardship.

The Kenwood Symphony Orchestra Mission
To play, share, and inspire great music by:

– Offering performance opportunities
– Programming appealing repertoire
– Performing free concerts
– Including under-served communities