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Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (LUSO)

The Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (LUSO) is an auditioned instrumental ensemble consisting of string, winds, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. The ensemble exists to provide students with an educational experience performing great works of the standard repertoire and works from contemporary and commercial music sources in preparation for careers in music performance.

The LUSO is the premiere orchestral ensemble on campus performing multiple concerts each semester including collaborations with the School of Music Choirs in the Christmas on the Boulevard Concert and the Annual Night of Worship in the Spring. Students not seeking a career in music are welcome to join this group by audition to experience musical development and personal enrichment. Every member should have the understanding that each contributes to the overall success of this organization through dedicated practice, regular attendance of rehearsals and concerts, and a spirit of humility and service to one another. The goal of this group is to help student musicians develop the highest caliber of musicianship in an ensemble setting in preparation for professional performance opportunities in orchestral ensembles throughout the country and the world.

Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. The one credit hour course (MUSC 185/485) is open to both music majors and non-majors for credit. To audition, contact Dr. Kathryn Voelker at

Auditions for Symphony Orchestra

Current and incoming students: If you are interested in auditioning for Symphony Orchestra and would like more information, please e-mail Dr. Kathryn Voelker at

Current students: Please prepare the following excerpts. Section leaders will remain the same as the Fall 2018 semester, and violins will not switch sections (except in extreme circumstances). Violin 2 should prepare the appropriate excerpts.

Spring 2019 Repertoire

Current and incoming students, please direct all LUSO questions to Dr. Kathryn Voelker at

Annual Aria & Concerto Competition

  • Open to all Liberty University School of Music students
  • All instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, harp, and voice are welcome to audition.
  • Download an application and turn it in to the School of Music administrative office.
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