Rehearsal & concert info for LSO members: January 2015

Happy New Year! Here are key pieces of info for LSO members going into the final stretch before our concert:

Sunday, Jan. 4 – Rehearsal as usual, School of Music. Brass bring treats. Posters available.

Sunday, Jan. 11 – DRESS REHEARSAL – NOTE LOCATION: Hill Auditorium

Enter at the back of the hall by 6:45 and be ready to play at 7 p.m.

Remember to allow extra time for parking. The Blue parking structures near Hill/Power Center are free on Sundays unless there is a special event, in which case everyone without a Blue pass must pay $5 to park there.

Come early to help set up if you can. Anyone can bring snacks to share (get rid of those last holiday treats). Rehearsal should end at our usual time of 9:30.


6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at North Campus Research Complex (former Pfizer) dining room, Bldg. 18

Pizza and pop will be provided beginning at 6 p.m. First violins: Your turn to bring snacks

Find a map here – enter near the “Egg” sculpture. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Please note: the only U-M bus serving this location (Research Link) ends at 7 p.m. If you will be taking the bus to rehearsal and need a ride home, please email .

Sunday, Jan. 18 – CONCERT – Hill Auditorium

Onstage pre-concert warmup at 3 p.m. Allow extra time for parking!

What to wear: Tuxedo or black suit with white shirt and black tie for men, long black skirts or black pants for women, with a long-sleeve black shirt or white shirt under a black long-sleeve sweater or jacket. Don’t have good concert attire? Put it on your holiday wish list!

For your friends and family: Adrian will give a pre-concert talk at 3:30 downstairs while Joe leads us in the pre-concert warmup. We will open the doors to the lobby at 3 and the auditorium at 3:40. The concert begins at 4 p.m.

Post concert dinner fundraiser: Knight’s Steakhouse – Bring a coupon; present it when you pay. The fundraiser does not include alcohol proceeds – you must order food even at the bar.

Sunday, Jan. 25 – Rehearsal as usual, School of Music

Sunday, Feb. 1 – NO REHEARSAL (Super Bowl Sunday)



Announcing the winners of our Concerto Competition!

On Saturday, Dec. 6, we held a concerto competition – a tradition for the LSO. Music director Adrian Slywotzky, Gifts of Art director Elaine Sims and Elliott Moore of the Detroit Medical Orchestra report the level of playing was remarkable, and faced an extremely difficult decision.

The winners of this year’s LSO concerto competition are:

Eric Dluzniewski, euphonium, playing Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major

Naki Sung Kripfgans, organ, playing Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings

Congratulations to both! More to come on the plans for their performances…

Announcing our 2014-2015 Concerto Competition

Kara GavinOur orchestra has been fortunate over the years to have excellent soloists from among our members perform great solo works with us at selected concerts, through our Concerto Competition.

On November 22, we’ll hold a competition to choose a soloist or soloists for our May 10, 2015 concert.

In addition to the LSO’s current members, the competition will be open to members of the U-M life sciences community who are classical vocal performers  or play an instrument that is not traditionally represented in the orchestra (for example, saxophone). Unfortunately, piano and percussion soloists will not be eligible.

For complete rules and eligibility criteria, visit this page:

Those interested in competing this year should indicate their interest, and the piece they hope to perform, via email to by October 10.

Audition results: See who’s in the LSO this year & important first rehearsal info

Thanks to all who auditioned for the LSO in recent days! We were so impressed by everyone’s playing, and we wish we could have accepted everyone. We’re excited to have so many new members.

The roster of musicians for this season has been posted. We may have additional openings for the spring concert so email if you may be interested in auditioning in January to play the second semester.

Key information for our members, both new and returning:

By accepting your position in the LSO, you are accepting the responsibility to commit to play all or nearly all rehearsals, and to practice outside of rehearsal in order to make this concert the best it can be.

Our first rehearsal is Sunday, September 14  at 7 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall on the first floor of the U-M School of Music Moore Building. (The same building where auditions were held.)

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January 2015 Concert: Beethoven, Copland & More!

BeethovenWe’re pleased to announce the program for our concert on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Hill Auditorium.

We’ll be playing:

  • William Grant Still: Festive Overture
  • Samuel Barber: Music for a Scene from Shelley
  • Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

This is our first time playing all of these pieces, and we’re especially proud to be playing them on the eve of Martin Luther King Day. Stay tuned for more about these works in the weeks leading up to the concert!

Sign up for your LSO audition now!

AuditionYou may now sign up for an audition for the 2014-2015 LSO.

Please visit

and then:

  • Read the directions
  • Scroll down. Pick a time by selecting My Audition to the right of the time you want, in the column for the day you want – you are choosing a seven-minute slot and we will call you as close to your appointed time as possible.
  • Fill out the required info. Please include a cell phone in case we need to reach you on the day/evening of your audition.
  • Download your audition excerpt from the LSO website and practice the part between the two brackets ONLY! Also prepare a short piece of your own choosing.
  • Don’t forget to write down the day and time you choose, and bring TWO copies of your chosen piece to the audition! (one for you, one for Adrian)
  • If you’re there & there are open slots before yours, you may be able to go early.
  • If you decide not to audition, or you need to reschedule at the last minute, please email AND change your listing on the schedule.

Virtual Meeting & audition signups begin Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

virtual meetingAll prospective musicians should plan to tune in to our Virtual Meeting, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28. At that time, we will also announce the website where you can sign up for an audition slot.

At the time of the meeting, just go to and log in as a guest. Or, download the Adobe Connect app for your smartphone and enter this address.

You’ll be able to see and hear remarks from music director Adrian Slywotzky and LSO committee members about the season, and you can ask questions via the chat function.

The meeting will last less than an hour. We’ll post the URL for audition signups on this website during the meeting!

Photo feature: LSO members at work (with their instruments!)

Some of our members brought their instruments to their labs, operating rooms and other workplaces for this series of great photos. Click “Show info” at the top of each image to read more about each member.

Thanks to our own Dr. Bern Muller, LSO violist and amateur photographer, for taking most of these!