Calling all musicians!

Do you play an orchestral instrument?

Are you in grad or med school, or training/working in a science/medical field?

Want to meet new people, all involved in science & health?

The U-M Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) is for you!


The LSO was founded in Fall 2000 to bring together amateur musicians who are students, faculty, staff and alumni of U-M’s life sciences and health units: the Medical School and the rest of the Health System, the schools of Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Social Work, Kinesiology and Natural Resources, the Life Sciences Institute, and the life science units of Rackham Graduate School, Engineering, LS&A and other areas of U-M.

We routinely attract more than 1,000 people to our concerts in January and April, and we play major classical works in the fantastic Hill Auditorium. We share a lot of fun times as our members discover their common interests and backgrounds during Sunday night rehearsals designed for busy schedules.

If you’re interested in joining the LSO:

  • Visit our web site, to learn more about the LSO!
  • Fill out our online form, at This adds you to our e-mail list.
  • Take part in our “virtual meeting” on , Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. via (enter the meeting as a guest)
  • Prepare a brief piece of your choice, plus the required excerpt for your instrument. Find the excerpt for your instrument & other info at, in late August.
  • AUDITION! All prospective members (even those who played with us before) must audition. Sign up online at starting Sept. 16. Auditions are Sept. 21, 22, 24 and 27. You’ll be notified if you’re accepted.
  • Enjoy the LSO! The member picnic is Saturday, October 3 (location TBD), and the first rehearsal is Sunday, Oct. 4, 7-9:30 p.m., at the School of Music on North Campus.

Even if you can’t play this year, mark your calendar for these two Sundays:
Jan. 24 & April 24, for our concerts at Hill Auditorium. Both are free and begin at 4 p.m.

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