KU Stringworks

This program provides high school students the opportunity to connect with the KU School of Music through a weekend of orchestral and instrumental study. KU Stringworks is designed to give young string players a glimpse into the world of collegiate music training. The two-day program includes the following activities:

  • Orchestra sessions with Professors David Neely and Jacob Dakon
  • Master classes with KU string faculty
  • Faculty recital featuring University of Kansas string professors
  • Campus tour of the University of Kansas
  • Culminating side-by-side reading with the KU Symphony Orchestra

All KU Stringworks participants will receive free admission into the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert on Friday, October 28th at 7:30 in the Lied Center. Please join us for this exciting weekend!


String students, including violin, viola, cello and bass players in grades 8-12, are invited to participate in KU Stringworks. Although no audition is necessary, students are required to obtain a signature of recommendation from a private instructor or orchestra director as indicated on the registration form. Students should submit by mail the KU Stringworks Registration Form, KU Stringworks Health Form, and tuition payment of $35, which includes lunch on Friday, October 28th. Registration submissions must be postmarked no later than October 19, 2011.

KU Stringworks participants will receive letters of admission and music for the orchestral component after all registration materials are received. The repertoire for KU Stringworks includes Buckaroo Holiday, Corral Nocturne, Hoedown, and Saturday Night Waltz from Rodeo by Aaron Copland.


Participants are responsible for securing accommodations in Lawrence. Recommendations are provided in the Hotel Guide.

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