Hear your works performed by our ensembles

Why Our Program?

  • During your time at SU you will study privately with each of our full-time faculty teaching composers including Nicolas Scherzinger, Natalie Draper, and Texu Kim.
  • You will meet numerous nationally and internationally renowned resident and visiting composers who come to campus to discuss both their own works and those of students.
  • You will benefit from a variety of opportunities to have your works performed on campus.
  • You may attend master classes and performances by Syracuse's nationally acclaimed Society for New Music, which specializes in presenting and performing the music of living composers.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.


Crouse College

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.

The composition program's facilities include an electronic music studio with both analog and state-of-the-art digital equipment. The electronic and digital music studio includes a PowerMac G-4 with a variety of audio and MIDI software and hardware. Applications include Protools, Peak, Digital Performer, Kontakt, Absynth, Reaktor, Sonic Synth, MaxMSP, and Pluggo.

Learn more about the Setnor School's facilities

Visiting Artists

Of paramount importance in any music school is ongoing contact with professionals in the field of performance, industry, conducting, composing, and education. The Setnor School offers a very active and diverse guest and visiting artist series of concerts, lectures, and presentations. 

View a list of past visiting artists

In the composition program, you will meet weekly with your fellow student and faculty composers in the Composer's Seminar to discuss current issues and to meet nationally established guest composers. Recent guests have included Samuel Adler, Claude Baker, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Violeta Dinescu, Patrick Doyle, Luca Francesconi, Don Freund, John Harbison, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, David Liptak, John Musto, Gunther Schuller, Steve Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower, Judith Weir, and Dana Wilson.