Choose from a variety of ensembles

The Setnor School of Music’s instrumental ensembles range from small chamber ensembles to the 200-member Pride of the Orange Marching Band. Select an ensemble from the list below to learn more.

Chamber Ensembles

Chamber ensembles are organized each semester to rehearse and perform literature for a variety of instrumental combinations. Contact the faculty member listed below or the Setnor School of Music Office to learn more.

Contemporary Music Ensemble

The Contemporary Music Ensemble is a collection of smaller ensembles assembled each semester to perform the music of our time, with programs drawing from American and international repertoires.

Faculty Contact
Stephen Ferre

Cantus Novus

Cantus Novus is a student-run contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the music of Syracuse University student composers. Cantus Novus presents two to three concerts per year.

Faculty Contact
Andrew Waggoner

Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble

The Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble and its related jazz ensembles provide both music majors and non-music majors the opportunity to perform traditional, modern, jazz, pop, and contemporary compositions throughout the year.

The ensembles are designed to give students the opportunity to learn to play lead parts, section work, and to improvise solos. Composers performed include Thad Jones, Toshiko Akiyoski, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Charlie Parker, and Count Basie.

The ensembles perform a series of concerts in Crouse College's Setnor Auditorium and in SU’s Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center. The ensembles have hosted the International Association of Jazz Educators (New York State) Jazz Festival and participated in the New York State Inter-Collegiate Jazz Festival. They participate in a number of concerts and festivals each year and have performed with such jazz artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Marshall McDonald, Rob McConnell, Nick Brignola, Marvin Stamm, and Freddy Hubbard.

Auditions for the jazz ensembles take place during the first week of school.

Faculty Contact
John Coggiola

Two O'Clock Jazz Ensemble

This ensemble engages in the survey and analysis of traditional and contemporary jazz compositions at the beginner/intermediate levels through the application of specific rehearsal/performance techniques appropriate for jazz music. Requirements for enrollment include music reading skills and intermediate-level instrumental technique. No audition is required.

Faculty Contact
John Coggiola

Samba Laranja

Samba Laranja is Syracuse University’s Brazilian Music Ensemble. The ensemble combines voice and percussion to perform several styles of Brazilian music, with an emphasis on samba (from Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval); samba-reggae (from Salvador, Bahia); forró (from Brazil’s northeast); bossa nova; the music of Capoeira; and MPB (Brazilian popular music).

This is a non-auditioned group opened to any Syracuse University student. Samba Laranja sings in English and Portugese and has recorded several albums available from the SU Bookstore.

Faculty Contact
Elisa Dekaney
Joshua Dekaney

SU Symphony Orchestra

The Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra (SUSO) offers a unique experience in music making at the highest level. While symphony orchestras are associated in the popular imagination with music that is old and “classic,” our orchestra is committed to stylistic diversity, with a repertoire that spans four centuries.

The orchestra prides itself on unique programming and exposing its audiences and players to a wide array of styles, genres, and time periods. It routinely pairs works of Beethoven or Brahms alongside 20th-century masterworks. The SUSO regularly collaborates with Setnor faculty members to present concerto repertoire, opera arias, or orchestral songs of Strauss and Wolf. The orchestra does regular readings of student-composed orchestral works so that composition students have recordings of their large works. Members of SUSO also play for the Opera Workshop production every January.

SUSO holds an annual concerto and aria competition, where students compete to perform solo and concertos with the full orchestra. The competition is held each March, and the winners' recital takes place each April. Graduate conducting students often guest conduct for performances.

The orchestra is directed by James R. Tapia, director of orchestral activities at the Setnor School of Music.

Faculty Contact
James R. Tapia

Pride of the Orange Marching Band

SU's Pride of the Orange Marching Band (SUMB or “the Pride”) performs for all home football games in the 50,000-seat Carrier Dome. It is one of the finest university marching band programs in the nation and the flagship college band in the state of New York.

The band occasionally takes one regular-season trip and travels to every continental post-season bowl game. The 200-member band is made up of students representing all majors throughout the University and provides action and excitement for participants and audiences alike.

If you have played a wind or percussion instrument in your high school band, we invite you to join! No audition is required. The only requirement is attendance at Band Camp the week prior to the start of fall classes. The only additional requirements are maximum effort, total involvement, and dedication to excellence.

Rehearsal times are scheduled at the end of the day when there are few conflicts with other classes and activities. With rare exceptions, they are held in the Carrier Dome. This makes us the only college band in the Northeast with an indoor rehearsal facility. Excellent seats in the Dome place the Pride in the center of action at every home game.

Contact
University Band Office
315.443.2194 or fmmoore@syr.edu

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Concert Band

The 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 Justin Mertz, the Concert Band rehearses on Wednesday evenings 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 in Crouse College's Setnor Auditorium at the end of the spring semester.

Contact
University Band Office
315.443.2194 or fmmoore@syr.edu

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is SU's premiere concert band and is primarily made up of musicians from within the Setnor School of Music.

Under the direction of Bradley Ethington, the Wind Ensemble performs literature ranging from the largest symphonic works requiring all of its performers to “one-to-a-part” chamber works calling for eight to 24 performers. Two concerts are presented each semester on campus with guest soloists and conductors adding to the varied musical experiences.

Recordings of the Wind Ensemble are available through the SU Bookstore.

Contact
University Band Office
315.443.2194 or fmmoore@syr.edu

Sour Sitrus Society

The Sour Sitrus Society is the spark behind the nationally recognized SU men’s basketball team.

This basketball pep band performs for all men’s home games and usually travels with the team for playoff and NCAA tournament games. The group is a student-organized and -directed ensemble open to all student musicians campus wide.

Contact
University Band Office
315.443.2194 or fmmoore@syr.edu