The Frost Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Sleeper, is a stellar ensemble that performs and records standard orchestral literature as well as new repertoire. The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule, on campus and beyond.
Dedicated to the community, the Frost Symphony Orchestra performed for 6,000 second-graders at UM BankUnited Center (2010).
The Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO) has had the distinction of performing with some of the most celebrated conductors and soloists of our century including Pierre Monteux, Leopold Stokowski, Gregor Piatigorsky, Jasha Heifitz and Arthur Rubenstein. American Record Guide called the world premiere of Surinach’s Symphonic Melismas ” The most auspicious premiere by the UM Symphony since 1956, when Andre Kostelanitz conducted the premiere of William Schumann’s New England Triptych here.”
The FSO regularly performs with the world’s great artists on Festival Miami and presents the standard orchestral literature as well as new works that will enter the repertoire. Recent tours have included Beijing and Shanghai, China, Nassau, Bahamas and Kansas City, where the FSO and UM Chorale were invited to perform Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem for the closing night of the national MENC Convention.
The FSO frequently records and now has four 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, conductors throughout the world.