Introducing the 2016-2017 LSO, and a conducting update

We’re pleased to announce the 2016-2017 LSO roster, made up once again of faculty, staff, students, volunteers and alumni from a broad spectrum of the U-M life science community. We’re pleased to welcome many new faces, and to welcome back many longtime players.

Read their names here.

This year’s auditions were competitive on nearly all instruments, and we look forward to beginning our rehearsals toward our Saturday night concert at Hill Auditorium on January 21.

This semester, the LSO will be conducted by recent U-M graduate Todd Craven, who earned his master’s in conducting here and is also Principal Conductor of the New Score Chamber Orchestra in
Orlando, Florida and conducting fellow for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. His full biography is here.

Assisting Todd will be Niklas Tamm, a current master’s student in conducting at U-M.

Together, they will fill in for LSO Music Director Roberto Kalb, who will focus on family matters this semester and return to the LSO podium for our April concert.

Roberto has selected three Russian works for the January concert: Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla overture, the 1919 Firebird suite by Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. 

Welcome to the new LSO season!

Snapchat fun at LSO Auditions

As part of a regular series of “Snapchat takeovers” where students take the reins of the main U-M Snapchat for a short time, LSO violinist Joy Loh captured a series of short videos and photos during her LSO audition.

View the result here!

Sign up for your audition today!

audition wonkaAuditions are coming up on September 13, 15 and 18!

Sign up for yours online today at

Please read the information at the top of the audition signup page, and the information on this page of our site, before choosing your time. Please also review the FAQ.

Everyone who wishes to be considered for the LSO must audition, even those who have played with the LSO before. If you absolutely cannot make it to any of the audition dates, or have other questions, email

If you have not filled out the LSO Prospective Musician Form, please do so before requesting an audition time.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!