Southwestern College Youth Symphony

For 60+ high school and exceptional middle school instrumentalists, the Southwestern College Youth Symphony will perform 4 concerts this season.

The Southwestern College Youth Symphony has begun its 9th season under the direction of its new conductor, Jayme Hayes. The ensemble was created to provide musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. Based on the model of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, the Southwestern College Youth Symphony strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in Winfield, Kansas. The Southwestern College Youth Symphony encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. Youth symphony members are also frequently invited to perform alongside adult musicians in the South Kansas Symphony.

For more information, contact Dr. Peterson at or 620-229-6113.

Community Music School

Our Mission: The mission of the Community Music School at Southwestern College is to nurture the fine arts community of South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma with rich, musical experiences for people of all ages. Our vision is to encourage excellence in the arts by offering a wide array of private lessons, master classes, ensembles, performance opportunities, and more on the campus of Southwestern College.

General Information: General Information: Located in the Darbeth Performing Arts building on-campus at Southwestern College, the Community Music School offers an array of musical activities for students, teachers, and performers of all ages. Any ensemble is welcome to join and be coached. A wide variety of classes are available semester by semester. All band and orchestra participants are invited to join the Southwestern College Concert Band or the South Kansas Symphony (by audition with Dr. Peterson). Also, Southwestern College has several software programs available for composition and aural skills. There is a large piano lab available for accompanists and group piano classes.

For more information, visit the Community Music School website.

Concerto Competition

The South Kansas Symphony 2015 Concerto Competition will take place March 7, 2015. There are two divisions. Senior Division is open to all current Southwestern College students. Junior Division is open to 12-18 year old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma or past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival. It is open to all instruments and voice.

Senior Division Prizes:

  • 1st - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony (April 26, 2015) + $300 award
  • 2nd - $150 award

Junior Division Prizes:

  • 1st - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony (April 26, 2015) + $200 award + full scholarship to 2015 Cole Family Music Festival
  • 2nd - Full scholarship to 2015 Cole Family Music Festival
  • 3rd - 1/2 scholarship to 2015 Cole Family Music Festival

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015. Entry fee is $25. Competition will be held at Southwestern College.

Summer Music Festival

If you are serious about music, or just serious about having fun with music, this is your summer festival.

Whether you intend to make music for your career or simply want to make music for fun and you are between the ages 14 and 20 (as of Oct. 1, 2014), the Southwestern College Summer Music Festival is for you. Enroll in one of five options - jazz band, choir, orchestra, piano or composition.

Join us for a six-day summer camp on the beautiful campus of Southwestern College studying with our outstanding faculty and developing your musical skills. Additional activities like ultimate Frisbee, movie night, swimming and drum circles just add to the fun!

For more information, visit the Summer Music Festival website.