University of Louisiana-Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
The University of Louisiana-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, Rapids 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.
Michael Blaney talks about UL Lafayette string program