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!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 LSO season!

LSO at Hill-400hWe’re pleased to unveil a new website along with key dates for LSO members and audiences.

Please send feedback about this site, and questions not answered here, to

Here are the key dates for this season:

Virtual Meeting – Thursday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.  – 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.

Auditions at School of Music
(Moore Bldg., North Campus)

Check in at Room 2033. Auditions will be in Room 2038.

Thursday, Sept. 4 6:30-10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6 10:0 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

For those who absolutely can’t make one of the three main audition days, we will have limited availability on the evening of Sept. 8

Download the audition excerpt for your instrument, and read what else you should prepare, here.

Audition slot sign ups will be available online immediately after the Virtual Meeting on Aug 28.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Whether or not you’ve played with the LSO before, please fill our our form for prospective musicians. Also, read more about our membership conditions and qualifications here.

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