UB Symphony Orchestra

UB Symphony Orchestra conductor Rachel Lauber.

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 of each semester.

Past programs have included music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, Mahler, Bates, Joyce, Brahms, Toch, Barber, and Bartok.

Information Regarding Fall 2020

The UBSO is awaiting guidance from the university about protocols for Fall 2020

  • Rehearsals will be reduced in the number of students and split into sections.
  • Weather permitting rehearsals will occur outside.
  • When needed to be indoors students will be rehearsing in Slee Concert Hall around the perimeter.
  • Auditions will be via Zoom the first week of September. 
  • All students must have their own personal folding stand. 
  • All students will have their own copy of the music there will be no shared parts.
  • Students will rehearse six feet apart.
  • Wind players will have ten feet of distance.
  • Appropriate repertoire will be chosen.
  • Concerts will be performed with reduced audience and live streamed.

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


Membership in the UB Symphony Orchestra is open to all UB students, faculty, and community members by audition. 


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

2. Please see the audition excerpts below. These have been updated for the fall 2020 semester.

3. Sign up for an audition timeslot on the Google Doc. Auditions for the fall 2020 semester will be held on Monday, August 24 via Zoom. 


UB students who would like to participate in the orchestra are required to register for one of the following classes for the Fall 2020 semester:  

  • Undergraduate Non-Music Major: MUS 138, 2 credits (Course #: 16532)
  • Undergraduate: MUS 338, 2 credits (Course #: 14982)
  • Graduate: MUS 538, 2 credits (Course #: 17285)

Rehearsal Schedule

The orchestra rehearses in B1 Slee Hall (unless otherwise noted) on Monday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with occasional Sunday evening rehearals. 

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. When completing the audition request form, please select "Non-major Lessons & Concert Band/Orchestra."

Concerto Competition


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