Milton Laufer, Director
208 Crouse College, 315-443-5892
Founded in 1877, the Setnor School of Music has a storied tradition of training well-rounded thinkers and exceptional performers.
Consisting of four departments: Performance, Composition, Music Industry and Technology, and Music Education, Setnor offers degrees in music education, performance, composition, music industry, sound recording technology, and a Bachelor of Science in music. Setnor also offers minors in jazz studies, music industry, performance, and private music study.
The curriculum is guided by faculty who believe in developing graduates with diverse areas of knowledge and expertise who are well prepared for meaningful, gainful work in the profession.
In addition to semesters of study at campus centers in London and Los Angeles, the school of music has robust educational relationships with other entities on campus including the Department of Art and Music Histories, the School of Education and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Setnor maintains a professional recording studio in the Bird Library’s Belfer Audio Archives.
The Setnor School of Music offers auditioned and non-auditioned classical and jazz/commercial vocal and instrumental ensembles to members of the Syracuse University community including multiple large choral ensembles, instrumental concert and jazz ensembles, and two NCAA Division I athletic bands: Syracuse University Marching Band and the Sour Sitrus Society University Pep Band.
In addition to these larger offerings, there are a number of smaller ensembles including Opera Workshop, Samba Laranja Brazilian Music Ensemble, Contemporary Music Performance Lab, Baroque Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, string and wind chamber ensembles, and many jazz and commercial vocal and instrumental small ensembles.
The majority of the 200+ concerts presented by the Setnor School of Music each year are held in the historic Setnor Auditorium and contain a wide range of musical genres and ensembles. The Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium is a 700-seat concert hall in Crouse College that houses a 3,823-pipe Holtkamp Organ below a 70-foot-high open timber roof and stained-glass windows.
Admission to the Setnor School of Music is via audition. See the website for audition information.