Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra

The Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra (KIO) alternates participation at the KMEA In-Service Workshop every other year with Kansas Intercollegiate Band (KIB). KIO takes place in even-number years. The next KIO will be held in 2020!  Please check back for updates as more information become available and enjoy reading about the 2018 KIO below!

2018 Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra
Dr. David Littrell, conductor
February 22–23, 2018 – KMEA Convention
Rehearsal Location: City Life Church, 216 E. 2nd Street N, Wichita, KS 67202
Performance: Friday, Feb. 23, 2:45pm, Century II Concert Hall

Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra Director 2018

David Littrell is a university distinguished professor of music at Kansas State University. He conducts the Kansas State University Orchestra and teaches cello, double bass and viola da gamba. He conducted chamber orchestras formed from the K-State Orchestra that toured England and Scotland in 2008 and Ireland in 2011 and 2017.

He is the director of String Fling, an annual event at K-State that attracts over 600 young string students from Kansas. In 2015, he retired from conducting the youth Gold Orchestra, which he founded in 1989 and which performed twice in Carnegie Hall and around the country.

Littrell edited three volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra for GIA Publications. He served as the national president of the American String Teachers Association from 2002-2004 and planned the association’s first stand-alone conference in March 2003. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him the 2007 Kansas Professor of the Year.

He adjudicates solo and orchestra contests, and is a clinician and conductor throughout the United States. Littrell took a sabbatical in 2010 to perform a solo cello recital tour in seven churches and cathedrals in England. He performed a lengthy cello solo with the K-State Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall in 2015.


Selection is based on the teacher recommendation and the review of the recommendation forms by the KIO Chair and committee.

Directors/Instructors: Please complete the form at the link below to nominate your student(s) for the 2018 Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra. Use one form for each student you are nominating. Players will be selected based upon their teacher’s recommendation and needs in the orchestra.

2018 KIO Recommendation/Nomination Form


Humperdinck: Prelude to Hansel & Gretel

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre

Lalo: Overture to Le Roi d’Ys

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, 4th movement


Thursday, February 22

9:30 am                   Registration and Adjudicator’s Meeting (City Life Church Fellowship Room)
10:00-12:00 pm      String Chair Placement auditions
1:00-5:00 pm          Full KIO Rehearsal (City Life Church Fellowship Room)
5:00-7:00 pm          Dinner Break
7:00-8:00 pm          Sectionals
8:00-9:00 pm          Full KIO Rehearsal (City Life Church Fellowship Room)

Friday, February 23

8:00-Noon              Full KIO Rehearsal (City Life Church Fellowship Room)
Noon-2:00 pm        Lunch/Dress For Concert
2:10-2:40 pm          Dress Rehearsal (Century II Concert Hall)
2:45-3:20 pm          KIO Concert (Century II Concert Hall)



  • An application/recommendation form is required for each student to be eligible for acceptance to participate in KIO.
  • A $30 participation fee is due for each student participating in KIO.
    • Mailed to: Ken Hakoda, KWU Music Dept., 100 E. Claflin, Salina, KS 67401
    • Checks payable to “KASTA”
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel, food, and lodging expenses.
  • Rehearsal location: TBA.
  • The KIO Concert will be on Friday, February 23 in the Century II Concert Hall.
  • Here is a diagram of where the Century II Concert Hall is located in the Century II Convention Center: Map of Century II Facilities
  • KIO participants will receive Friday KMEA conference badges, which will enable you to visit exhibits, attend concerts, etc., on that day.

Seating Placements

  1. Seating placement audition excerpts for strings are posted below.
  2. Auditions will be blind audition, judged by directors.
  3. String auditions will be at 10 a.m. City Life Church Fellowship Room.
    String Chair Placement Audition Excerpts

    2018 KIO Audition – Violin 1

    2018 KIO Audition – Violin 2

    2018 KIO Audition – Viola

    2018 KIO Audition – Cello

    2018 KIO Audition – Bass

Rehearsal Guidelines

  1. String players will be given bowed parts upon arrival on Thursday morning, Feb. 22, (1st and 2nd violins will receive their bowed parts once the strings sections and seating have been announced at 12pm) for use in all rehearsals and concert.
  2. All percussionists should bring their own sticks and mallets.
  3. All participants are expected to play in every rehearsal and the Friday afternoon 2:45 pm concert.
  4. All participants are expected to arrive 15 minutes early to each rehearsal and 30 minutes early to the Friday afternoon 2:10 pm Dress Rehearsal and KIO Concert.
  5. Please bring your own stands for rehearsals.
  6. No hats or cell phones are allowed.
  7. Please remember that you represent your school and KMEA, and your language, actions, and attitude reflect not only upon you but also these organizations.

Concert Attire:
Men: solid black tuxedo or suit, white shirt, black bow-tie, black socks and black shoes.
Women: ankle-length solid black dress, ankle-length black skirt or full-length black slacks (no black jeans), black tops with sleeves and a modest neckline, and black dress shoes.


KIO Chair
Ken Hakoda
Kansas Wesleyan University
100 E. Claflin, Salina, KS 67401

KIO Assistant Chair
Kyle Hopkins
McPherson College
1600 E. Euclid, McPherson, KS 67460