The Setnor School of Music has classrooms and rehearsal spaces in Crouse College and Shaffer Art Building, as well as a recording studio in the Belfer Audio Archive of Syracuse University Libraries. Most of the school's facilities are in stately Crouse College, which is the third oldest building on campus and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Crouse College's graceful spires and warm red sandstone make it a landmark visible from many areas of the city of Syracuse. It is a building rich in tradition and history, with its bell tower, stained glass windows, and winding stairways.
In the acoustically rich, 700-seat Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College houses a magnificent 3,823-pipe Holtkamp Organ below a 70-foot-high open timber roof and stained glass windows. Approximately 200 concerts and recitals by students, faculty, and guest artists are held in the auditorium during the academic year. Students giving recitals have access to concert grand pianos and a variety of harpsichords. Many performances are streamed live, and all are digitally recorded and made available to students on compact disc.
Crouse College has wireless technology. All students use their wireless laptops in and out of the classroom for MIDI sequencing, music notation, audio editing, and more.
Setnor students may also take advantage of other SU facilities. In addition to Setnor Auditorium, choirs rehearse and perform in Hendricks Chapel, which offers wonderful acoustics for singing. SU’s excellent library system includes the Belfer Audio Archive. Currently, Belfer is the fourth largest sound archive in the country and includes formats from the earliest experimental recordings on tinfoil to modern digital media. The collection of 22,000 cylinder records is the largest held by any private institution in North America, and one of the largest in the world. The Belfer Cylinders Digital Collection provides online access to digital audio files of cylinders in the archive. Students and faculty may request archival material (more than three years old) or ask any other archival music question. The Belfer Laboratory has a Live End/Dead End recording studio and control rooms designed by Chips Davis, nationally recognized acoustic expert and recording studio designer. One control room is furnished entirely with digital equipment by the Setnor School.