The Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO), under the direction of Thomas Sleeper, maintains an international reputation by performing the standard orchestral literature and expanding the repertoire with new works, commissions, and recordings. The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule, on campus and beyond.
The Frost Symphony Orchestra has the distinction of performing with some of the most celebrated conductors and soloists from around the world including Pierre Monteux, Leopold Stokowski, Gregor Piatigorsky, Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubenstein, and many recent award-winning artists including Helmut Rilling, John Kimura Parker, Jennifer Koh, Michael Ludwig, Dale Underwood, Joshua Bell, and Edgar Meyer. American Record Guide called the orchestra’s world premiere of Surinach’s Symphonic Melismas “The most auspicious premiere by the UM Symphony since 1956, when Andre Kostelanetz conducted the premiere of William Schuman’s New England Triptych here.”
The Frost Symphony Orchestra frequently records and now has several compact discs out on the Centaur, Cane and Albany labels with excellent reviews in Fanfare and American Record Guide. Former members of the FSO hold positions in prestigious ensembles and serve as arts administrators, teachers, and conductors throughout the world.