Why Our Program?
- You will develop into a knowledgeable teacher of singing while enhancing your own development as a singer.
- You can perform with ensembles of various sizes and musical styles in the Setnor School.
- You will meet numerous nationally and internationally renowned resident and visiting artists. They often teach workshops and master classes, providing experiences and insight that both broaden and deepen your studies.
- When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.
In addition to providing access to voice science laboratory equipment in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 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.
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.
Of paramount importance in any music program is ongoing contact with professionals in the field of performance, industry, conducting, composing, and education. The Setnor School of Music offers a very active and diverse guest and visiting artist series of concerts, lectures, and presentations. Past guests have included Phyllis Bryn-Julson '67 G'69, John Shirley-Quirk, Marcus Haddock, Thomas Paul, Jon Fredric West, Stephanie Blythe, and Richard McKee.