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Orchestral Studies

Share the joy of music.

The LSU School of Music supports a wide array of orchestral activities including a full symphony, chamber orchestra, and opera orchestra.

Additionally, the Orchestral Program hosts the recently renovated Lucile Blum Lending Library, which is a substantial collection of orchestral scores and parts. The Blum Collection provides academic and professional orchestras the opportunity to rent scores and instrument parts during the academic year.



Orchestral Studies Offerings


The orchestral program presents more than ten performances each academic year, including classical concerts, chamber orchestra performances, and Turner-Fischer Center for Opera Productions.

Conductor: Scott Terrell

The LSU Symphony Orchestra is a major performing ensemble at the School of Music. Its repertoire encompasses established masterworks in orchestral literature from the Baroque to the twentieth century as well as works by contemporary composers. Recent concert seasons have included compositions such as Adams’s The Chairman Dances, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, etc.

Each academic year the Symphony Orchestra performs an average of five plus concerts in the LSU Union Theater, and it collaborates with distinguished guest artists as well as LSU School of Music faculty soloists on a regular basis. Its membership of 90 players represents some of LSU’s most talented student musicians who are from 25 states in the nation as well as from 15 foreign countries.


Conductor: Varies By Performance

The LSU Philharmonia is a chamber orchestra. It performs in the Recital Hall of the School of Music each semester during the period of opera production. It is conducted by the graduate students majoring in orchestral conducting, with occasional appearances by the Director of Orchestral Studies.

Conductor: Varies By Performance

The Turner-Fischer Center for Opera presents a fully staged production each semester for which the Opera Orchestra serves as the resident ensemble. Recent productions have included The Bartered Bride by Smetana, Falstaff by Verdi, La Boheme by Puccini, Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc, La Cenerentola, and The New Moon.


Concerto Competition

Each year the LSU Symphony Orchestra holds a competition to select outstanding student soloists to be provided with an opportunity to perform with the orchestra on its annual concerto concert. First, second, and the third prize winners receive a cash award of $1000, $500, and $250, respectively, and all winners receive a certificate from the Director of the School of Music.

Recent winners have performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Arnold’s Flute Concerto, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, and Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Winning the Concerto Competition is considered one of the highest honors at the LSU School of Music.


Orchestra Rehearsal Schedules

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