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Bicknell Center Presents: Concerts 

Regionally and nationally known performers often make a stop in Pittsburg to perform on our stage, from groups like the U.S. Air Force Academy Falconaires to former PSU student Jennifer Knapp, now a hit recording artist. 

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PSU Music Department Special Events and Small Ensembles 

Beyond the academic music groups that perform on our stage, the PSU Music Department often arranges for special events to be recorded and/or livestreamed, from the weeks-long Pittsburg Summer Music Fest to senior recitals to district and state festivals. 

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Music Festivals 

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Pittsburg State University Department of Music, Bells of the Balkans, and community groups present music festivals thoughout the year.

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PSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo

The PSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo are groups comprised of students in a variety of majors who bring to life standards of the past as well as contemporary works in many styles, from Big Band to jazz rock, under the direction of PSU Professor Bob Kehle. 

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PSU Wind Ensemble

The PSU Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at Pittsburg State Universityy, open by audition to the finest wind and percussion players in Music Department. The group performs a variety of works, from classical to contemporary, under the direction of PSU Associate Professor Andrew Chybowski. 

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PSU Opera Theatre

PSU Opera Theatre produces two productions annually, with at least one that is fully staged with orchestral accompaniment. Repertoire is diverse, from traditional operas by Mozart to cabaret style evenings devoted to the works of American musical theatre composers. Productions are directed by PSU Instructor Patrick Howle. 

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PSU Symphonic Band

The PSU Symphonic Band is offered in the spring ssemester, open to all students who wish to participate in a musical ensemble regardless of their major. Concerts feature a variety of music, from marches and Broadway medleys to some of the finest serious music composed for this medium, under the direction of PSU Assistant Professor Doug Whitten. 

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Southeast Kansas Symphony at PSU

Founded at PSU in 1915 by Walter McCray, the man for whom the music building would be named, the Southeast Kansas Symphony still is going strong. With four major performances each year by students, faculty, and community members under the direction of Assistant Professor Raul Munguia, its goal is to be an integral part of the culture of Southeast Kansas. 

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PSU Chorale and University Choirs

Pittsburg State has a long and proud tradition of excellence in the area of vocal music.
The central ensemble for these programs is the 120-member University Choir, which is open to all PSU students. Smaller ensemble experiences are also featured via the PSU Chorale and Jazz Choir, constituted by audition, and through activities such as Women’s Choir, Men’sChoir, Lab Choir, and other ad hoc ensembles who perform in these broadcasts.

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