The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) is the symphonic orchestra for members of the life sciences community at the University of Michigan.
The LSO is part of the Gifts of Art Program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine. Now in its twentieth season, the LSO plays two concerts a year at Hill Auditorium, drawing more than 1,000 community members and friends and family of the extended University of Michigan life sciences community.
The LSO is open to members of the following areas of the university:
- Michigan Medicine (including the Medical School, Hospitals & Health Centers, and Shared Services)
- Department of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering/Medical School)
- School of Dentistry
- School of Kinesiology
- Life Sciences Institute
- College of Literature, Science & the Arts (some departments)
- School of Natural Resources & Environment
- School of Nursing
- College of Pharmacy
- School of Public Health
- Rackham School of Graduate Studies (life sciences programs)
- School of Social Work
- U-M Dearborn (life science and health professions units)
- U-M Flint (life science and health professions units)
The orchestra was founded in fall of 2000 by a small group of musicians and artists at the University of Michigan Medical School and the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers under the umbrella of the Gifts of Art Program. The concept was to provide a performance outlet for the many faculty, staff, students, alumni and volunteers in life science disciplines at the university who had previous musical training but few opportunities to play.
The LSO offers musicians in the life sciences an opportunity to play in a large ensemble, while building a sense of community across the different components of the life sciences on the University of Michigan campus. It also offers conducting students from U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance an opportunity to lead a full symphony orchestra in preparing and playing major works of the classical repertoire.