Local Medical Musicians Operate With A Different Kind Of Instrument

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Orchestra Member and University of Michigan Medical Student Whit Froelich (Left), WEMU Program Director Patrick Campion (Center) and Orchestra Member and U of M's Lead Public Relations Representative Kara Gavin (Right).
Credit Lisa Barry

There is a unique musical ensemble in Ann Arbor comprised of amateur musicians who all work and/or study in the science and medical fields.  I spoke to two members of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra.


Musicians must audition to join the orchestra, which has members ranging from mathematicians to epidemiologists, to med school and dental students, a health economist, and a veterinarian who went to U of M.

Whit Froehlich is a second-year medical school student at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Credit Lisa Barry

Gavin says the orchestra brings people together who may have never met but now make music together

The orchestra performs two concerts a year free of charge, and there is one coming this Saturday, January 21st in Hill Auditorium at 8pm with a pre-concert talk at 7pm.

The orchestra will be conducted by Todd Craven.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu