Michael Blaney talks about the UL Lafayette String Program


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony was founded in the 1940s under the direction of George Barth. Today, it remains an important musical and cultural experience for both the university and the Lafayette community at large. Musicians include students at UL-Lafayette and members from the surrounding communities. This combination of young, energetic musicians and well-seasoned professionals makes for a unique and positive musical environment. Participation in the orchestra is open to all qualified students regardless of major (music or non-music).

Current and past student orchestra members also perform for several regional orchestras, including the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and the Pensacola Symphony.


Annual concert highlights include a Halloween Concert, Students Soloists Concert, and our "String Day Performance” where high school students from around the state perform side by side with university orchestra members. The ensemble also performs for many collaborative projects including opera, dance, and guest artists. The conductor of the UL-Lafayette Symphony is Michael Blaney.

Chamber Music

Students participate in a wide range of string, woodwind, and brass chamber ensembles that are coached by School of Music faculty.


Many leading artists visit the School of Music to perform and present masterclasses. Recent guests include the Turtle Island Quartet, Project Trio, Lara St. John and the Ahn Trio.


All students participating in orchestra receive a scholarship regardless of their major.

Orchestra Scholarships start at $800. Housing Awards ($3780 value) and out-of-state tuition waivers are also available.

Graduate Assistantships include a stipend plus tuition waiver.

Download the scholarship application form for either incoming freshmen or continuing and transfer students, whichever applies to you, and return it to:

Scholarship Committee
UL School of Music
P.O. Box 43572
Lafayette, LA 70504-3572

Dr. Chan Kiat Lim Performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Openings

The orchestra has openings in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and piano.

For more information please contact:

Michael Blaney
Director of Orchestral Activities
PO Box 43572
University of Louisiana Lafayette, LA



UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain at the annual Halloween concert
UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C-minor, op. 17 “Little Russian”: IV. Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - Presto

School of Music   •   University of Louisiana at Lafayette   •   PO Box 43572   •   Lafayette, LA 70504-3572
Phone: 337.482.6012   •   Fax: 337.482.5017   •   music@louisiana.edu   •   facebook

last updated 23-Jun-2015 at 15:20:42