For further information, contact:

Dr. Mark Laycock
Director of Orchestras
(316) 978 6202


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Audition for the WSU Symphony Orchestra
2016-17 Season
Friday, August 19 (winds/brass)
Monday, August 22 (strings)


Experienced string, woodwind, and brass players are invited to audition for the 2016-17 WSU Symphony Orchestra.  Repertoire highlights in the upcoming season include Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”), and music by Wagner, Michael Torke, and Kevin Puts.  We will also collaborate with two new WSU faculty members:  horn instructor Jeb Wallace will perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 and soprano Cristina Castaldi will sing “Verdi to Verismo,” a selection of Romantic opera arias.  Our December performance is a sing-along Messiah.  WSU Opera Theatre productions will be Berlioz’s Beatrice et Benedict and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.  Two monumental partnerships bring our season to a close.  We will join forces with Concert Chorale and A Cappella Choir to perform the profoundly moving The Armed Man:  A Mass for Peace by the contemporary English composer Karl Jenkins.  We will also combine with Jazz Arts Ensemble for Migration Series:  A Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra, Derek Bermel’s sweeping portrait of two centuries of African American music history.

Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to audition.  Private lessons are available to all instrumentalists regardless of major.

Audition Information


WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for string students will be held Monday, August 22.  Students interested in auditioning for the WSU Symphony Orchestra need to sign up for an audition time on the orchestra audition schedule, located on the bulletin board outside of Dr. Laycock's office (B105).  The orchestra audition will consist of a major scale (two or three octaves) and requested passages from Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 (available for download below).  Violinists may choose to audition on either first or second part; some rotation of seating will occur from concert to concert.  For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.

Woodwind and Brass

WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for woodwind and brass students will be held Friday, August 19.  Students interested in auditioning for the WSU Symphony Orchestra need to sign up for an audition time on the orchestra audition schedule, located on the bulletin board outside of Dr. Laycock's office (B105).  The orchestra audition will consist of a major scale (two or three octaves), a prepared solo or orchestral excerpt(s) approximately five minutes in length, and a short passage of sight reading.  For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.

Parts (PDF):

Violin I

Violin II







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Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra

Seventy members strong, the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble comprised of undergraduate and graduate students.  Students from any academic discipline with performing experience are welcome to audition.  The orchestra has performed in Carnegie Hall (2011) and internationally (Spain, 2008; Canada, 2014), as well at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the state conference of the Kansas Music Educators Association.  Recent collaborations include performances with operatic bass Samuel Ramey, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, the classic rock band Kansas and the arena multimedia concert Video Games Live.

Program Highlights
  • Three major performances each semester
  • Opera productions, oratorios, annual concerto competition
  • Repertoire spanning nearly 300 years of standard orchestral literature
  • Recent highlights include Beethoven’s Sixth and Ninth Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, Brahms’s First Symphony, Stravinsky’s Petrushka Suite, and Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony.
  • Opportunity for private study with world-class faculty:  Betul Soykan and Evgeny Zvonnikov, violin; Catherine Consiglio, viola; Leonid Shukaev, cello; and Mark Foley, bass
  • Students from any academic discipline are welcome to audition

Notable Alumni

Eric Crawford, string bass
•Orchestra Director, Wichita East High School
•Orchestra Curriculum Coach, Wichita Public Schools

Jonathan Dozois, horn
•Acting Assistant Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Edwin Livingston, string bass
•Los Angeles-based studio musician
•jazz studies faculty, USC Thornton School of Music
•Grammy-nominated bassist for Los Hombres Calientes

Susan Spector, oboe
•Second Oboist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City

Daniel Whistler, horn
•Director of Orchestras, Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, KY
•First Prizewinner, The American Prize in Conducting, High School Orchestra Division

  • Membership in the WSU Symphony Orchestra is open to all Wichita State students by audition.
  • Students interested in joining the WSU Symphony should register for MUSP 211A/Orchestra.
  • Registered students will be sent audition excerpts in July; auditions occur during the first week of the fall semester.
  • Rehearsals are held Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-4:20, and Friday, 2:30-3:20.



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WSU College of Fine Arts and School of Music

Boasting the only comprehensive College of Fine Arts in Kansas. Wichita State University also supports one of the most respected schools of music in the nation, featuring an exceptional faculty whose work is recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and national and regional symphonies, theatres and opera companies across the country.  The size and international reputation of the School of Music create an exceptional range of opportunities with faculty who, while internationally reputed in their own right, are intensely focused on the individual student.  Located in the largest city in Kansas, WSU offers students and faculty exposure to and participation in a stimulating variety of professional artistic and cultural endeavors.  WSU students also have extensive opportunities for internships with a myriad of organizations in the metropolitan area.  The longstanding partnership with the professional Wichita Symphony Orchestra, whose membership consists largely of WSU faculty, students, and alumni, is but one example.  The WSU School of Music is a living laboratory for learning, where musicians explore the unknown, learn how to develop their talent into professional skills, and discover first-hand the true meaning of artistry.


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Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras

Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship.  He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award (2012) and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).  He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings.  Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities.  He was recently appointed Conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony.  His work as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator spans 27 states; upcoming engagements encompass Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas.  He has conducted all-state, region, and district orchestras throughout the country.  He has served the National Orchestra Festival as adjudicator and clinician, and in 2018 will begin a two-year term as chair of the event.  His appearances with professional ensembles include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and Opera Kansas, as well as orchestras in Slovakia and Canada.  Dr. Laycock has presented clinic sessions for numerous state education conferences, as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Northwest and Northeast Division Conventions of the National Association for Music Education, and the Midwest Clinic.  In May 2016, he presented professional development sessions for instrumental music educators in Brisbane, Australia; he returned in September to conduct the Sir Charles Mackerras String Orchestra of the Queensland State Honours Ensemble Program.  From 2013-2015, Dr. Laycock was an invited music education panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, evaluating grant applications from institutions throughout the country.