The Setnor School of Music is located in the beautiful Crouse College building on the Syracuse University Campus. Crouse College, built in 1889, is the third oldest building on campus and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s graceful spires and warm brownstone make it a landmark visible from many areas of the city of Syracuse. It is a building rich in history, with a working bell tower, stained glass windows, and winding stairways.
The main performance space in Crouse is the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, which seats 650, and houses a 3,823-pipe Holtkamp Organ below a 70-foot-high open timber roof and stained glass windows. Approximately 200 events take place in the auditorium, including performances by school ensembles, recitals by students, faculty, and guest artists, and special events. Most performances are streamed live. Crouse College also includes rehearsal spaces, classrooms, teaching studios, faculty and administrative offices, and practice rooms. The Setnor School of Music’s jazz and commercial music opportunities are housed in the jazz suite at Shaffer Art Building. Recording facilities for the sound recording and technology and the audio arts programs are housed in the Belfer Audio Archive of Syracuse University Libraries. Belfer is the one of the 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 the world. One control room is furnished entirely with digital equipment by the Setnor School of Music.
Setnor School of Music students may also take advantage of the opportunity to perform in other Syracuse University facilities. Some choirs rehearse and perform in Hendricks Chapel, and students have performed in the Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center, and the Carrier Dome as part of a cappella groups, theater groups, marching band, and pep band.