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Founded in 1975, the Syracuse University Oratorio Society is a mixed vocal ensemble comprised of Syracuse University students and community members that regularly collaborates with Symphoria, Central New York’s professional orchestra, to perform choral-orchestral masterworks.

In recent years the choir has performed:

  • Ein Deutsches Requiem, Johannes Brahms
  • Messiah, G. F. Handel
  • Requiem, W. A. Mozart
  • Magnficat, J. S. Bach
  • Alexander Nevsky, Sergei Prokofiev
  • Requiem, Gabriel Faure
  • Gloria, Antonio Vivaldi
  • Credo, Joseph Downing
  • Symphony No. 9, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Nanie, Johannes Brahms
  • Mass in E Minor, Anton Bruckner

The 2017-18 season features:

  • Chichester Psalms, Leonard Bernstein
  • The Planets, Gustav Holst
  • Cantata 80, J. S. Bach
  • Messiah, G. F. Handel
  • Requiem, Giuseppe Verdi

The Oratorio Society has been directed by John Warren, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, since 2011.

The Oratorio Society accepts new members by audition. The choir rehearses from late August through April on Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. and presents four or five concerts during the season.

Auditions for community members are held in late August at Crouse College. Students may audition at the start of each semester. Singers are asked to vocalize, sight-sing, and perform aural tests. The duration of the audition is approximately eight minutes. Current community members are re-auditioned every three years.

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