to the LSO
The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) is the symphonic orchestra for members
of the life sciences community at the University
of Michigan – including the University
of Michigan Health System, Medical
of Dentistry, School
of Public Health, College
of Pharmacy, School
of Nursing, School of Natural Resources & Environment, several departments of the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Rackham
School of Graduate Studies. The LSO is part of the Gifts
of Art program which brings the world of art and music to the
University of Michigan Health System. Now in its fourteenth season, it is
estimated that each of the past concerts has drawn over 1000 friends
and family of the extended University of Michigan Life Sciences Community.
The orchestra was founded in fall of 2000 by a small group of musicians
and artists at the University of Michigan Medical School and University
of Michigan Health System. 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. It is envisioned that the LSO will offer 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.
The music director of the LSO is Adrian Slywotzky. An executive committee
of charter members guides operations. The orchestra will perform two free
concerts per year, in the winter and spring.
To learn more about our next concert, visit our Concerts page.
If you are interested in auditioning for the LSO, visit our Musicians
page. For answers to frequently asked questions about the LSO, visit this page. To see a video of LSO concert and rehearsal footage, as well as interviews with musicians, click here.
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Recordings of LSO concerts are available on CD! Visit our Support
Page for more information.