Be part of a rich tradition of choral singing

The Setnor School of Music’s choral activities area offers a varied slate of choirs open to all students and conducted by outstanding faculty.

Choral singing has a rich tradition at Syracuse University, and our mission is to continually grow the standard of excellence that has been so clearly established throughout the history of the Setnor School. We strive to provide outstanding choral ensemble experiences to all SU students, preparing them for a lifelong contribution to the choral world community.

Each of our choral ensembles offers singers, both graduate and undergraduate, an opportunity for training, musical exploration, and personal growth in all aspects of the choral art regardless of the student’s major. Additionally, we seek to teach all singers the fundamental elements of music and collaboration. In our choirs you will sing the great choral orchestral works with professional orchestra, reach the highest levels of precision and expression in a variety of genres and styles, perform with students from diverse majors and all colleges of SU, master scat jazz standards of today and yesterday, and tour the world.

The choral activities area also supports the activities of many student-led vocal groups and sponsors the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Auditions

The audition serves as an opportunity for experienced faculty to guide students in selecting the choral ensemble that fits them best. While not every ensemble requires an audition, we strongly encourage anyone interested in singing in one of our choirs to complete an audition.

Auditions are held at the beginning and end of each year for University Singers and Hendricks Chapel Choir. Oratorio Society auditions are held in the summer. Participation in Women's Choir and Concert Choir does not require an audition, but students must register. Visit each ensemble's page for more information.

All auditions are held in Room 302 Crouse College and last about 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.

We are happy to schedule audition appointments for those students interested in joining a choir mid-year on a case-by-case basis.

To schedule an audition, or for questions about choral singing at SU, contact the choral activities area at 315.443.4106 or suchoral@syr.edu. Please note that Windjammer vocal jazz ensemble, Black Celestial Choral Ensemble, and all student a cappella groups hold their own auditions. Contact the individual organization directly to learn about their audition process and to schedule an audition.

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