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String Orchestra and KWU Philharmonic

The String Orchestra performs demanding literature from across the medium. The ensemble is highly active in the community and region. Twice a week, the strings join forces with select wind players to form a full orchestra, the KWU Philharmonic. This ensemble performs a wide variety of full orchestra music from classical overtures to symphonic pops music.

The KWU String Orchestra has garnered state and national recognition in recent years. In 2017, the orchestra was selected for the very first time in program history to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. They will make their second appearance after being selected again for the 2019 In-Service Workshop!  The orchestra was also recently honored by the American Prize as a Finalist for the 2017-2018 Ernst Bacon Award for Best Performance of American Music - Collegiate Division. 

For more information, contact Director Dr. Jesse Henkensiefken at

KWU String Orchestra