UB Symphony Orchestra

UB Symphony Orchestra conductor, Rachel Lauber

The UB Symphony Orchestra–comprised of nearly 90 UB students of a variety of majors, professors and community members–is conducted by Music Director 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. Auditions take place during the first week of classes.

Upcoming Performances

The UB Symphony Orchestra concert for the Spring 2018 semester will be on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall. The program will feature the works of Mahler, Mozart, Weber, and feature three Concerto Competition Winners. 

Please view our concert calendar for the latest information on upcoming events. 


UB students who would like to participate in the orchestra are required to register for one of the following classes:  

  • Undergraduate Non-Music Major: MUS 138, 1-2 credits
  • Undergraduate: MUS 338, 1-2 credits
  • Graduate: MUS 538, 1-2 credits


Membership in the UB Symphony Orchestra is open to all UB students, faculty, and community members by audition. A quick meeting with each member of the ensemble will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018. You can sign up for a time by clicking the Google Doc link listed below. 


1. Please complete and submit the Audition Request Google Form.

2. Refer to the UB Symphony Google Doc for more information about the Spring 2018 season. 

Once the form is completed and submitted, you will receive a response from Dr. Rachel Lauber about the next steps for the semester.

Rehearsal Schedule

The orchestra rehearses in B1 Slee Hall (unless otherwise noted) on Monday evenings from 6 to 8:30pm, with occasional Sunday evening rehearals. The first rehearsal for the Spring 2018 semester will be on Monday, February 5, 2018. The following dates are reserved for rehearsals. 

  • Monday, February 5
  • Monday, February 12
  • Monday, February 19
  • Monday, February 26
  • Monday, March 5 in Slee Hall
  • Monday, March 12
  • Monday, March 26
  • Monday, April 2
  • Monday, April 9   
  • Monday, April 16
  • Monday, April 23
  • Monday, April 30 in Slee Hall

Instrumental Lessons

UB students in the UBSO orchestra are strongly encouraged to take instrumental lessons with the distinguished faculty of the UB Music Department, including members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Concerto Competition

The Concerto Competition is an annual event in which selected winners will be chosen to perform as soloist in concert with the UB Symphony Orchestra. The Concerto Competition for the 2017-2018 season has been completed and the winners are Michael Tumiel, clarinet, Julia Anne Cordani, soprano, and Lucy Hatem, clarinet. 


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 Eric Huebner, Associate Professor (Piano Performance).

Competition repertoire may be either single pieces or isolated excerpts/movements of large-scale works. The total duration of music to be performed must not exceed 15 minutes.

Appropriate repertoire should employ orchestral accompaniments of a standard 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, Rachel Lauber. 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.


For further information regarding the UB Symphony Orchestra, please contact:

Rachel Lauber

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Instrumental Conducting); Director, UB Symphony Orchestra

Department of Music

302 Baird Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0627

Email: rachelclauber@gmail.com