LOU Symphony Orchestra

University of Mississippi

LOU Symphony Orchestra

The LOU (Lafayette/Oxford/University) Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by the Department of Music and serves as the University Orchestra for students and as the orchestra for the Lafayette, Oxford, and University community.


  1. Student – Student membership in the University Orchestra is open to any graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi. Initial enrollment is by audition.
  2. Community – Community membership in the University Orchestra is open to qualified amateurs who are able to attend rehearsals and to maintain their preparation of the music. Initial community membership is by audition. Membership is open to community string players, but community membership for winds and percussion is available only when the roster cannot be filled with students.
  3. Faculty/Professional – Music faculty members and other highly qualified music professionals will be invited by the Music Director to participate in dress rehearsals and to assist in the preparation and performance of concerts.


Regular rehearsals are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30. Additional sectional rehearsals may be scheduled as may arise. Two dress rehearsals of 2.5 hours each are usually scheduled on Sunday immediately before each concert.



The LOU Symphony typically gives four performances during the academic year. Faculty members in the Department of Music regularly appear as soloists, and the winners of The UM Concerto Competition appear during the Winter Concert each March. The orchestra supports the performance of the UM Opera Theater during the alternate spring semesters. Performances of the orchestra are given either the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts or in Nutt Auditorium.

Auditions and Scholarships

Auditions for membership and for scholarships are arranged by appointment with the music director and members of the Department of Music faculty. University Orchestra scholarships are available by audition to qualified string instrumentalists, regardless of major field of study. Audition material should include selections that demonstrate the performer’s ability to best advantage, preferably in both lyrical and technical passages. Total duration should be 10 to 15 minutes. Call or write the Department of Music to arrange an audition date and time, more information about recommended audition repertoire, as well as campus tours and other informative activities. Although personal visits are encouraged, auditions may be made through recordings. Please fill out our Audition Form here.

Additional Information

For more information, contact Selim Giray at 662-915-1258, or e-mail: sgiray@olemiss.edu.