The LSU School of Music supports a wide array of orchestral activities including a full symphony, chamber orchestra, and opera orchestra. The Orchestral Program presents more than ten performances each academic year, including:
- Classical Concerts
- Chamber Orchestra Performances
- The Concerto Concert
- Masterworks (in conjunction with the Choral Division)
- LSU Opera Productions
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 for a low fee, during the Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year.
The Orchestral Program is led by:
Maestro Carlos Riazuelo, Manship Director of Orchestral Studies
The LSU Symphony Orchestra (MUS 4261)
Conductor: Carlos Riazuelo
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.
The LSU Philharmonia
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 of the Director of Orchestral Studies.
The LSU Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Varies By Performance
The LSU 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.
The LSU School of Music 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.
Graduate Orchestral Studies
Manship Director of Orchestral Studies
Office: 204 School of Music
Phone: (225) 578-2649