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 or CSER. To audition, contact Dr. John Kinchen at

Auditions for Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra Auditions are approaching quickly! See what you'll need for your audition:

Incoming Students: If you are interested in auditioning for Symphony Orchestra and would like more information, please e-mail the director, Dr. John Kinchen, at

Current Students: Auditions for the 2016-2017 academic year were held on Thursday, May 5. If you were not able to audition on this date, but are interested in auditioning for the Spring 2017 semester, please e-mail the director, Dr. John Kinchen, at  Auditions for the Spring semester will be held on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15 (the day before the semester begins) for new string players and select brass and wind instruments.
All string students will re-audition for seating placements on Jan. 15.  Please download the audition music, Beethoven Symphony 7, and prepare it in advance of the audition date.

Spring 2017 Repertoire

Current LUSO Members, please begin preparing now for the Spring 2017 semester by rehearsing the following piece:

Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition

Annual Aria & Concerto Competition

  • A musical 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.