Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (LUSO)

The Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (LUSO) is an auditioned instrumental ensemble consisting of string, winds, and percussion instrumentalists. The ensemble performs standard orchestral repertoire drawn from all periods of music. 

The LUSO is the premier instrumental symphony group on campus, which performs concerts both on and off campus in the spring and fall semesters. One tour in the fall and one tour in the spring encompass the schedule of this exciting ensemble. The LUSO aims to prepare excellent performers for a career with the major symphony orchestras in the United States.

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, please email the director, Dr. John Kinchen, at

Fall 2016 Repertoire

Current LUSO Members, please begin preparing now for the Fall 2016 semester by rehearsing two of our pieces:

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.