Although the work is rigorous, Portland State University Orchestra leader Ken Selden wants you to know that this ensemble is a place where you will make friends and grow as a musician as you study music. While you adjust to a new learning curve and more intensive practice schedules, you can expect to find a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, auditions are held in the fall.

The PSU Orchestra in performance

Adventurous Programming

The University orchestra performs with PSU’s ballet and opera, but also is known for their exciting array of off-campus performances. You can study music while you play in concert halls and night clubs,  as the orchestra performs everything from a standard symphonic repertoire to modern rock and jazz.

Orchestra students relaxing with their instruments after a performance

A Unique Musical Community

As a member of the PSU Orchestra you will become part of a unique community of musicians. Students within the orchestra frequently form strong artistic bonds, and collaborate on other projects and ensembles throughout their college career and beyond.

Ken Selden headshot

Ken Selden - Orchestra Conductor

Ken Selden was appointed conductor and music director of the Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble at Portland State University in fall 2006. Under his direction, the PSU Symphony has received three awards in Adventurous Programming from ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras.