French Horn section of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

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Audition Required

Founded in 1971, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra is the Upper Peninsula's oldest orchestra. The KSO is a college-community ensemble comprising Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff, and community musicians. Most of the musicians pursue something other than music as a career, with engineers, scientists, mathematicians, educators, and retirees filling the roster. Students occupy about 60% of the orchestra; none are music majors. The KSO presents 4-5 concerts per year - including choral-orchestral, opera, ballet, and pops - in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 


Contact Dr. Joel Neves, Music Director of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, for information on orchestra auditions in the fall. All orchestral instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion) are accepted for audition. 

KSO Videos


Watch KSO Sinfonia Antartica video
Preview image for KSO Sinfonia Antartica video

Sinfonia Antartica, 1st and 3rd movements


KSO Audio






Practice Rooms Available

Practice rooms are available in both the Rozsa center and in the dormitories. There is no cost to use these spaces.

Please check the schedules in the individual spaces for when these rooms are available.

Instrument Lockers

Instrument lockers are available to students playing in a Michigan Tech ensemble for $25 per year. Locks are provided. If you would like a locker, please contact Tanya Maki to make arrangements.

Need an Instrument?

Tubas, Percussion, Mellophones, Baritones, Bari Saxes, and Bass Clarinets are available. Limited numbers of other instruments are available on a first come first serve basis. Check schedule for check out time and dates. No charge.