Syracuse Youth Orchestras

The Community Music Division coordinates the Setnor School of Music's community offerings. The division offers opportunities for residents of all ages and musical skill levels in the greater Syracuse area to learn about music and perform in a variety of ensembles.

Current offerings include the Allegro Youth Wind Ensembles and Syracuse Youth Orchestras. Past offerings have included the Girls Leadership Academy for Music (GLAM), a weeklong camp at Crouse College designed to help girls in music develop their leadership skills. 

The division also coordinates the needs of the Syracuse Children's Chorus, which is in residence at the Setnor School.

Allegro Youth Wind Ensembles

The Allegro Youth Wind Ensembles are comprised of the Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble for high school students and the Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble for middle school students. Allegro is directed by Terry Caviness, high school band director in Fulton, New York, and Professor Justin Mertz of the Setnor School of Music. Poco Allegro is directed by Elizabeth Buell, band director in the Westhill (New York) School District. These varied groups of professionals, who participate in rehearsal and performance collaborations with students, make playing in the Allegro and Poco Youth Wind Ensembles a unique experience.

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Syracuse Youth Orchestras

The Syracuse Youth Orchestras consist of the Syracuse Youth Orchestra (SYO) and the Syracuse Youth String Orchestra (SYSO). The ensemble participants are middle and high school students from Central New York. Playing in these ensembles helps students grow musically and intellectually; students also learn discipline and teamwork that will benefit them throughout life. The SYO is conducted by Professor James Tapia of the Setnor School of Music, and the SYSO is conducted by Karen Veverka.

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