UB Symphony Orchestra

UB Symphony Orchestra

The UB Symphony Orchestra, comprised of nearly 70 UB students of a variety of majors, professors and community members, is conducted by Music Director Dr. Rachel Lauber. The orchestra presents at least three public concerts in Lippes Concert Hall each year. Membership in the UB Symphony Orchestra is open to all UB students, faculty and community members by audition. Audition repertoire and excerpts are available online as of August 1 of each summer. Auditions take place during the first week of classes.

Concerto Competition

The University at Buffalo Department of Music and the UB Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the 2017 Concerto Competition. The competition is an annual event in which selected winners will be chosen to perform as soloist in concert with the UB Symphony Orchestra during the Autumn of 2017 and Spring of 2018. This year's competition will be held the third week of February (dates to be announced). Please Email Prof. Lauber with the subject heading "UBSO Concerto Competition" for further information and/or for repertoire approval.

Official Rules

Contestants must be current UB Students enrolled in a Music Department large ensemble. Exceptions for vocalists, pianists, and other non-symphonic instrumentalists must be approved, on a case-by-case basis, by both the Music Director of the UB Symphony and the Chair of the Music Department.

Students may perform with an accompanist, though they are not required to do so. The Department cannot guarantee the availability of accompanists, and contestants interested in obtaining accompanists should direct their requests to Prof. Eric Huebner, on the piano faculty of the Music Department.

Competition repertoire may be either single pieces or isolated excerpts/movements of large-scale works as long as the total amount of music to be performed does not exceed 15 minutes in duration.

Appropriate repertoire should employ orchestral accompaniments of a level suitable for a college-level ensemble. All decisions concerning repertoire are subject to the final approval of the Music Director of the UB Symphony Orchestra. All repertoire must be submitted for approval prior to the competition.

Any exception to these rules must be approved beforehand by the Chair of the Music Department.