Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to partner with Kennesaw State University


Partnership announced during ASO performance at Kennesaw State University     …

Georgia (Feb 17, 2014)Partnership announced during ASO performance at Kennesaw State University                   

Kennesaw, GA (Feb. 4, 2014) ––The Kennesaw State University School of Music has entered into a partnership agreement with the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). The partnership was announced on January 24th during the first performance by the ASO at Kennesaw State.

The formal partnership will further solidify their cooperative interests in music performance, education and outreach. The ASO will perform three concerts at KSU during the 2014-2015 season and Robert Spano, music director of the ASO, will visit KSU annually for a dedicated educational activity.

Last October, Spano visited KSU for a three-day residency in which he rehearsed the KSU Symphony Orchestra, hosted a question-and-answer session and coached students in chamber music performance.

Spano said, “One of the things that was striking in my experience with Kennesaw, has been the amazing trajectory which has occurred over the last decade. It is just astonishing to me how much has been accomplished by the administration and faculty in such a short period of time. It is gratifying to witness the vitality, growth and dynamism of what is going on here - and to include Kennesaw State as part of our larger ASO family.”

The ASO and School of Music will work together to identify some visiting guest artists who, while in Atlanta to perform with the ASO, will visit KSU and offer master classes and other educational opportunities for music students.  

Michael Alexander, Interim Director of the School of Music, said, “The School of Music is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with, provide support, and benefit from the immense expertise of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. As cultural leaders in our region, we are both strengthened by a collaboration that benefits our students and strengthens the musical and artistic presence in our community.”

Patty Poulter, Dean of the College of the Arts, said, “Our professional partnerships are vital to the development of our students as artists, scholars and future leaders in their communities. Engaged collaborations with world-class artists and arts organizations inspire us, and the opportunity for our students to learn from the professionals of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is invaluable.”

The ASO is known for its excellent live performances, presentations, and renowned choruses, as well as an impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.  During its 32-year history with Telarc records, the ASO Orchestra and Chorus have recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance. Performing more than 200 concerts each year, the Orchestra reaches over a half million people, including educational and community concerts.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit