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 Setnor's Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will take place on Monday, August 28 (woodwinds and brass; required audition material is available for download below), and Tuesday, August 29 (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. If you have questions about Symphony Orchestra, contact Professor James Tapia, conductor, at Wind Ensemble meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:45-2:05 p.m. 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. The Concert Band rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:15-7:15 p.m. during the spring semester. For more information, please contact Francesca Moore, administrative specialist, University Bands, at

Required Audition Material (orchestra and wind ensemble)

Woodwinds and Brass

Bassoon [PDF]
Clarinet [PDF]
Euphonium [PDF]
Flute Lyrical [PDF]
Flute Technical [PDF]
French Horn [PDF]
Oboe [PDF]
Saxophone [PDF]
Trombone [PDF]
Trumpet Lyrical [PDF]
Trumpet Technical [PDF]
Tuba [PDF]


Excerpts are from the Sibelius Symphony #2. Each screened audition will be approximately 7 minutes in length and include a short excerpt (2 minutes) of a concerto, sonata, or etude, major scales (at the request of the audition faculty), and prepared excerpts. For orchestra, please prepare two excerpts, one solo work. For chamber, please prepare a solo work. Scales as requested.

Bass [PDF] (Letter F (3rd line page 7) to measure 201 (6th line of page 7) and Letter I (Page 2 last 2 measures 1st line​) to Letter L (6th Line page 2))
Cello [PDF] (Letter H (Second line page 12) to measure 293 Lento e suave (Bottom of page 12) and Measure 305 (middle of page 17) to measure 340 (Poco largamente))
Viola [PDF] (Letter B (Middle of page 10) to Measure 130 (third line page 11) and Letter L (Page 15 middle of the page) to the END)
Violin [PDF] (Ms 203 (top of page 12) to Letter J (bottom of page 12) skip rests as necessary and Letter L (middle of page 15) to Letter O 2nd measure)


Auditions for select choirs (University SingersHendricks Chapel Choir, and Oratorio Society) will be held on Sunday, August 27, from 1-5 p.m.; Monday, August 28, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 29, 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. Concert Choir and Women’s Choir do not involve full auditions but require voice screening for placement. 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.

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 28, from 2-5 p.m. in 202 Shaffer Art Building. Rhythm section auditions will take place on Monday, August 28, 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

SU Vocal Jazz

Auditions for SU Vocal Jazz will be held on Monday, August 28, from 3-6 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. Contact Professor Welcher at to set up a time slot.

Jazz Combo, jazz/funk combo, and 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 10:35-11:30 a.m.; for more information, contact Professor Bill DiCosimo at wjdicosi@syr.eduRock 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 Nic Scherzinger 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

Tired of only playing the guitar in your room? Want to meet other musicians and improve your skills through weekly rehearsals and live performances? Guitar Ensemble meets Tuesdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. and is open to all music majors without audition. Non-music majors who wish to participate should contact Professor Ken Meyer,, to schedule an information session and potential audition. 

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 September 1 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:20 p.m. Contact Professor Elisa Dekaney,, or 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.

Mixed Chamber Music

Please contact Professor Terry King at for more information on mixed chamber ensembles.