Setnor School of Music

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The Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music is one of five academic units of the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts. Housed primarily in Crouse College, Syracuse University, the Setnor School educates composers, performers, music teachers, scholars, and industry professionals.

The Syracuse University Music Department was founded in 1887, making Syracuse one of the first universities in the country to grant four-year degrees in music (both in music and in music theory). The school was also a founding member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and has the first accredited Music Industry program in the country (B.M. in Music Industry).


The Setnor School of Music has over 300 students majoring in music, a number of students minoring in it, and 74 faculty members in the following four departments:

  • Applied Music and Performance
  • Music Composition, Theory and History
  • Music Education
  • Music and Entertainment Industries

Setnor also houses a Community Music Division dedicated to providing residents of all ages and musical skill levels in the greater Syracuse area opportunities to learn about music, while simultaneously providing current students opportunities to work with members of their community. Setnor is also home to the Center for Live Music in the 21st Century. The Center is a combination research center, arts business incubator and music career development center for Setnor students.

Degree programs[edit]

The Setnor School of Music offers 6 undergraduate degree programs, 6 graduate degree programs and 2 minors:


  • B.A. in Music
  • B.M. in Music Composition
  • B.M. in Music Education
  • B.M. in Music Industry
  • B.M. in Sound Recording Technology
  • B.M. in Performance
  • B.S. in Recording and Allied Entertainment Industries (the Bandier Program)


  • M.M. in Composition
  • M.M. in Conducting (Choral or Instrumental)
  • M.M. in Performance
  • M.M. in Music Education
  • M.S. in Music Education
  • Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Music (offered through the School of Education)


  • Music Performance
  • Music Industry


Setnor offers auditioned and non-auditioned choirs and instrumental ensembles to members of the Syracuse University community.

There are six choral ensembles (Concert Choir, Hendrick's Chapel Choir, Oratorio Society, University Singers, Women's Choir, and Windjammer Vocal Jazz Ensemble); Opera Workshop; five large, instrumental concert ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Morton B. Schiff Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Band); the Samba Laranja Brazilian Ensemble and two athletic bands (The Pride of the Orange, Syracuse University Marching Band, and the Sour Sirtus Society, Basketball Pep Band).

In addition to these larger offerings, there are a number of smaller chamber ensembles including a Contemporary Music Ensemble, a Baroque Ensemble, a Percussion Ensemble, and both string and wind chamber ensembles.

Concerts and recitals[edit]

The majority of the 175+ concerts given by the Setnor School of Music each year are held in the historic Setnor Auditorium of Crouse College, Syracuse University, and contain a wide range of musical genres and ensembles. Recent and future guest artists to Setnor include composer Philip Rothman, the Kronos Quartet, and rock band Ra Ra Riot. Concerts and recitals held in the Setnor Auditorium are streamed live over the internet.


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