Mission Statement

The mission of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is to foster and maintain a community focused organization dedicated to achieve the highest aspirations of musical art; to maintain and foster an interest in and enjoyment of music; to instill in its community an interest in symphonic music by providing local concerts and education programs.


The renowned Livingston Symphony Orchestra is currently enjoying its 59th season, providing symphonic, concerto, operatic, and popular works to its appreciative and enthusiastic audienceOriginating in June, 1956 as a small ensemble providing the orchestral music for a town production of the Mikado, the group began to take hold in the local community, as Livingston saw the need to provide a classical music scene to its residents.  Under the expert  of Internationally-acclaimed Principal Conductor and Music Director Istvan Jaray, the orchestra has grew over the years to become one of the finest regional symphonies in the metropolitan area.  After the 2013-2014 season, Maestro Jaray announced his retirement as Music Director and Conductor. Following this, the 2014-2015 season was a year of transition, with 5 conductor candidates selected from a pool of over 100 applicants.

We are pleased to now welcome Maestro Anthony LaGruth as our new Music Director and Principal conductor, starting in this 2015-2016 season. We look forward to the new heights of musical achievement that our new conductor will lead us to.

The Livingston Symphony is cohesive group of individuals,comprised of highly talented, musically trained members from near and far, and many walks of life, whose common goal is to spread the joy of music and peace which music creates to all.  The Orchestra presents a series of four concerts per season, from November to May.  It is keenly involved in addressing the ever-growing need to expose young children and novice musicians to classical music, through its annual Young Peoples Concert.  The Orchestra also conducts a yearly Young Artists Competition, yearly  which draws from the finest musical talent in the tri-state area, open to young musicians ages 14 to 21.  The winner of the rigorous audition and evaluation receives a scholarship award, and is given the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Orchestra.  Many of the Young Artists Competition Winners have gone on to study musical performance at the conservatory level and beyond, and several have become artists in their own right, soloing with major symphony orchestras.  A non-profit organization, the Livingston Symphony Orchestra receives funding solely through the generosity of foundations, grants and the public at large.  The Orchestra maintains as its mission to help keep music alive for generations to come.