South Kansas Symphony

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern Youth Chamber Players are non-profit groups funded by Southwestern College and by the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors. Contributions also come from alumni, friends, and ticket sales. 

SKS LogoThe South Kansas Symphony strives to provide musical memories for our audience with a variety of music for all ages. Talented musicians drawn from the collegiate and public communities enrich the ensemble. In addition, we hope the new acoustically-crafted Richardson Performing Arts Center and Callison Stage transport your listening experience to another level.

The Southwestern Youth Chamber Players (formerly the Southwestern College Youth Symphony) is a unique program that serves dual purposes: (a) It develops chamber music skills in students, fostering independence, confidence, and musicality; and (b) it provides a lab experience for Southwestern students in which teaching and secondary instrument skills can be practiced.

2021-2022 South Kansas Symphony Season

La Celebración (Halloween Pops Concert) – October 24, 2021, 3:00pm
Sophie Deng, Guest Artist

Kaleidoscope (SC Homecoming Fine Arts Showcase) – October 29, 2021, 7:30pm
Professor Jeremy Kirk, Guest Conductor

Winterfest – December 5, 2021, 3:00pm

Honor Orchestra Festival – January 24, 2022, 6:00pm
Dr. Joshua Robinson, Guest Artist
El Dorado High School, Guest Orchestra

Femme Musicale – March 6, 2022, 3:00pm
Chelley Graves & Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, Guest Artists
Butler Community College Orchestra, Guest Musicians

Chamber Gala – March 27, 2022, 3:00pm, The Barns at Timber Creek

Belated – April 24, 2022, 3:00pm
2022 Concerto Competition Winners, Guest Artists

2021-2022 SC Pre-College String Ensemble Season

String Builders Debut – October 11, 2021, 7:00pm, Messenger Recital Hall

Winter Concert – December 12, 2021, 3:00pm

Spring Concert – May 1, 2022, 3:00pm

2022 Concerto Competition

The South Kansas Symphony 2022 Concerto Competition will take place on March 12, 2022. There are two divisions. Senior Division is open to all current Southwestern College students. Junior Division is open to 12 to 18-year-old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma and past attendees of the Summer Music Festival. It is open to all instruments and voice.

Senior Division

Senior Division is open to all current Southwestern College students.

  • 1st Prize – Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony (April 24, 2022) + $300 award
  • 2nd Prize - $150 award

Junior Division

Junior Division is open to 12 to 18-year-old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma and past attendees of the Summer Music Festival.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2022. Entry fee is $25.00. The competition will be held at Southwestern College. The 2022 Concerto Competition Application form needs to be filled out and turned in by this deadline. 

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