Strive for personal musical excellence

Founded in 1975, the Syracuse University Oratorio Society is a mixed vocal ensemble comprised of Syracuse University students and community members who enrich the Syracuse community through education and development of choral music.

The society encourages member participants to strive for and achieve personal musical excellence in the choral setting. Student choral members have additional opportunities for creativity in conducting and composing works.

The Oratorio Society specializes in choral works from the Renaissance to the present. Repertoire also includes international, multicultural, and commissioned works. This first-rate musical choir has a brilliant sound that was greeted with enthusiasm at its debut performance in Carnegie Hall in 1978.

Under the direction of John Warren, associate professor and director of the Setnor School of Music's choral activities, the choir rehearses at the prestigious Crouse College at SU. Many performances are held at various locations in the Syracuse community, including the Mulroy Civic Center, Crouse College, and Most Holy Rosary Church.

Current members may find more information on the choir's intranet.


Setnor Auditorium
Crouse College, Syracuse University

Mulroy Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater
411 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Most Holy Rosary Church
111 Roberts Ave., Syracuse

Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St., Syracuse


The Oratorio Society accepts new members by audition. The choir rehearses from late August through May on Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. and presents four or five concerts during the season. Our rehearsal and concert schedules are challenging, and regular participation is essential for the highest level of excellence for which we strive. Our reward is the privilege to perform with some of the finest musical talents.

Auditions are held in the summer at Crouse College. Candidates are asked to vocalize, sight-sing, and perform aural tests. The duration of the audition is approximately eight minutes.

Entrance into the choir is dependent on a selective audition to determine placement, readiness, and balance in the choir. Current members of the choir are re-auditioned every three years or at the discretion of the director.

For more information about auditioning for the Oratorio Society, contact the Oratorio Society Office at 315.443.4106 or