Student Performance | Setnor Auditorium


Music has thrived at Syracuse University since 1877, when the Department of Music was founded and Syracuse became the first university in the United States to grant a degree in music and require four years’ study in both music and theory.

Now known as the Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music, the school continues this proud tradition by offering professional-level training through challenging and relevant degree programs that allow talented musicians and future music industry leaders to excel both collectively and as individuals.

We believe all our areas of emphasis--instrumental and vocal performance, conducting, music education, music industry, audio arts, sound recording technology, voice pedagogy, and composition--are interdependent and integral to the success of the school, the health of the profession, and the evolution of culture, and we therefore strive for the highest standards in every one of these degree programs.

We recognize that inherent in these endeavors is a responsibility to the campus community, the community beyond campus borders, and our culture as a whole. Hence, we are committed to serving a larger public through outreach and education, working to create an inclusive environment in which all can develop their gifts.

What makes the Setnor School a great place for you to study music?

  • Our students: they are curious, self-motivated, and driven.
  • Our faculty: they are practicing professionals and teachers with whom you can establish close, supportive relationships.
  • Our programs: they offer students the opportunity to choose a course of study on their instrument or voice in either classical or jazz and commercial music.
  • Our performing ensembles: we offer instrumental and choral ensembles of all sizes and musical styles.
  • Our visiting artists and speakers: our lively and diverse schedule includes musicians as well as top music industry professionals.
  • Our community: Setnor students and faculty form a close-knit group and love to collaborate with and challenge each other.
  • Our University: unlimited opportunities for musical growth and professional development abound within the major setting of SU.
  • Visit Setnor Resources for information useful to music students, faculty, and staff.


The Setnor School of Music is an accredited charter institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 644 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials and is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. The association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of music schools, and engages in policy analysis.

Accredited programs at Setnor School of Music include:

  • Bachelor of arts in music
  • Bachelor of music in composition
  • Bachelor of music in music education
  • Bachelor of music in performance
  • Bachelor of music with an emphasis in music industry
  • Bachelor of music in sound recording technology
  • Master of music in composition
  • Master of music in conducting
  • Master of music in music education
  • Master of music in performance
  • Master of music in voice pedagogy
  • Master of science in music education