Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra

The Setnor School of Music offers a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles open to students of all majors across Syracuse University and SUNY ESF. Some ensembles require an audition, while others are open to all.


Large Ensembles


Auditions for the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will take place on Monday, August 29 (woodwinds and brass; required audition material is available for download below), and Tuesday, August 30 (strings). Sign-up sheets will be posted outside 400 Crouse College during Opening Weekend. The orchestra meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 2:15-3:35 p.m. Wind Ensemble meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:45-2:05 p.m. If you have questions about Symphony Orchestra, contact Professor James Tapia, conductor, at For questions about Wind Ensemble, contact Professor Bradley Ethington, conductor, at

Concert Band is a non-audition concert ensemble open to both music majors and non-majors. It offers an opportunity to perform outstanding large-band works. Under the direction of Professor Justin Mertz, the Concert Band rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m. during the spring semester and provides an excellent opportunity for Syracuse University Marching Band members to make music in a concert setting. The band performs one concert in Crouse College’s Setnor Auditorium at the end of the spring semester. For more information, please contact Professor Mertz at

Required Audition Material (orchestra and wind ensemble)

Flute Lyrical
Flute Technical
Strings Russian and Ludmilla Overture (follow markings). Violins and violas: beginning to 13 measures after A; 'cellos: beginning to measure 19 and 19 measures after B to 43 measures after B; basses: beginning to measure 19 and Piu moss (letter L) to the end
Trumpet Lyrical
Trumpet Technical


Auditions for select choirs (Hendricks Chapel Choir, Oratorio Society, and University Singers) will be held on Sunday, August 28, from 1-5 p.m.; Monday, August 29, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 30, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All auditions are held in 302 Crouse College and last approximately eight minutes. No preparation is necessary. The audition consists of vocalization (listening to your tone and determining your vocal range), tonal memory exercises, and sight-singing. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have about the different choirs we offer. To schedule an audition, email or call 315.443.4106.

Women's Choir, which meets Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30-4:50 p.m., and Concert Choir, which meets Tuesday/Thursday from 2-3:20 p.m., do not require an audition for participation.

Jazz, Funk, and Rock Ensembles

Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble

Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone auditions for the Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble will take place on Monday, August 29, from 2-5 p.m. in 202 Shaffer Art Building. Rhythm section auditions will take place on Monday, August 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. in 201 Shaffer Art Building. Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone auditions will include a self-prepared jazz selection, jazz sight-reading, and improvisation. Rhythm section auditions will include chart reading and improvisation in a small-group setting. Sign-up sheets for auditions will be posted outside 202 Shaffer Art Building during Opening Weekend. If you have questions about auditions, contact Professor John Coggiola at

Windjammer (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)

Auditions for Windjammer will be held on Monday, August 29, from 3-5 p.m. in 201 Shaffer Art Building. The audition will consist of a jazz standard as prepared by the singer, sight-singing, range check, and tonal memory exercises. If you have questions about auditions, contact Professor Jeffrey Welcher at

Jazz Combo, jazz/funk combo, rock band

These groups provide a small-group opportunity for instrumentalists and singers at varying levels of ability. The Jazz Combo meets Mondays from 11:40 a.m.-12:35 p.m.; for more information, contact Professor Joshua Dekaney at Jazz/Funk Combo meets Fridays from 10:35 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; for more information, contact Professor Bill DiCosimo at Rock Band meets Fridays from 11:40 a.m.-12:35 p.m.; for more information, contact Professor Rick Balestra,

Chamber Ensembles

Baroque Ensemble

This ensemble meets Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30-4:50 p.m. and is open to all B.M. or B.A. music majors without audition. Non-music majors must audition. For all non-music majors who wish to participate in Baroque Ensemble, contact Professor Janet Brown at for an audition.

Contemporary Music Ensemble

This ensemble meets Tuesday/Thursday from 2-3:20 p.m. and is open to all music majors without audition. Non-music majors who wish to participate should contact Professor Stephen Ferre at The ensemble divides into multiple mixed chamber groups to utilize all available players and singers, as well as a free improvisation ensemble.

Guitar Ensemble

This ensemble meets Tuesdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. Contact Professor Ken Meyer,, for more information.

Percussion Ensemble

This ensemble meets Tuesdays from 12:30-3:15 p.m. Students should be be able to play multiple percussion instruments and should contact Professor Michael Bull,, before registering and for more information.

Samba Laranja (Brazilian Ensemble)

Rehearsals for Samba Laranja begin on Tuesday, August 30, and continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:20 p.m. Contact Professor Joshua Dekaney,, for more information.

Saxophone Ensemble

This ensemble meets Tuesdays from 5-6:20 p.m. Contact Professor Diane Hunger,, for more information.

String Chamber Music

Please contact Professor Jill Coggiola at for more information on string chamber ensembles.