There are many music offerings in Syracuse in addition to the Setnor School of Music concert series.
On campus, these include Hendricks Chapel's Malmgren Concert Series and offerings by SUArt Galleries, University Lectures, and the student-run University Union, Syracuse University's official programming board.
Syracuse is home to professional ensembles, including Symphoria: CNY's Professional Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, and New York State Baroque. A variety of organizations also run concert series that bring acclaimed professional musicians to Syracuse, including Civic Morning Musicals, CNYJazz, the Society for New Music, and the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music. These organizations offer discounted or free tickets for students and increase engagement between the Setnor School and the professional music community. They are also outlets where you can get hands-on professional experience working in professional settings. Setnor students have the unique opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians in the region's professional orchestras, opera companies, or as choristers in the community choirs.
Setnor students have also held positions as interns with some of these companies, which has created a longlasting and beneficial exchange between the outreach of the Setnor School and the development of the outside organizations. The future of music starts at the point of engagement with these professional organizations, and students are encouraged to gain these experience while they are still students. Setnor undergraduates regularly sing in the opera chorus for Syracuse Opera productions and have also appeared in small roles with the company. Graduate students have performed in the orchestra with Symphoria.
Live music making is very important to Setnor musicans in all different genres and styles. The Westcott Theater is one of the premier venues for national, regional, and local bands and has become another venue where Setnor musicians have held internships and positions an even concerts. The Landmark Theater, aside from being a historical site, has transformed itself into the region's home for National Broadway Tours such as Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Avenue Q. The OnCenter is another major venue that attracts many acclaimed artists and acts to the city.
With so much going on in Syracuse, you may wonder how easy it is to access the downtown and arts districts of the city. Syracuse University has maintained a dedication to the development of the city's arts scene through the Connective Corridor initiative. The corridor is at once a bus line and a walking path has connected the University campus with the downtown region of the city. It was planned so that the city's arts organizations literally line the corridor to Syracuse's trendy and busy downtown. The initiative has made it easier for students to access the music and arts scene in Syracuse.
If you want to go farther afield, Syracuse is a pleasant half-day drive to Boston, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia, and Toronto. The access to these cities is available through various transportation systems--Amtrak and several bus lines operate daily between Syracuse and New York City. The University also has a program with ZipCar that makes it possible and affordable for University students to have independence in their travel. Setnor students have participated in confrences and festivals in many of these large cities.