Continue to perform while pursuing your career

Why Our Program?

  • You may continue to perform while pursuing a career that requires highly developed musicianship skills.
  • You may consider our five-year B.M./MBA double degree option for qualified music industry sophomores, offered in conjunction with the Whitman School of Management.
  • You will meet and learn from numerous nationally and internationally renowned resident and visiting artists and music industry professionals.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities in London, Los Angeles, and other amazing places.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at VPA and beyond.

Performance Honors

The performance honors program is intended for Setnor School of Music students in the B.A. music and B.M. composition, music education, and music industry degree programs who wish to maintain a level of performance at or near that required of students in one of the performance majors. The program’s purpose is to give tangible curricular and moral support to those students who see themselves as performing musicians first and foremost.

Students are eligible to apply for the program at the end of their sophomore year. Students accepted into the program take an hour of applied instrumental or vocal instruction per week and give both a junior and senior recital commensurate with the requirements for degree recitals in the performance majors. Official recognition of program participation and completion appears on student transcripts but does not appear on the diploma.


Crouse College

The Setnor School of Music has classrooms and rehearsal spaces in Crouse College and Shaffer Art Building, as well as a recording studio in the Belfer Audio Archive of Syracuse University Libraries, where music industry students learn audio recording. The Belfer Laboratory's Live End/Dead End recording studio and control rooms were designed by Chips Davis, nationally recognized acoustic expert and recording studio designer. One control room is furnished entirely with digital equipment by the Setnor School.

Most of Setnor's facilities are in stately Crouse College, which is the third oldest building on campus and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Learn more about the school's facilities

Visiting Artists

Ra Ra Riot | Setnor Auditorium

Of paramount importance in any music program is ongoing contact with professionals in the field of performance, industry, conducting, composing, and education. The Setnor School of Music offers a very active and diverse guest and visiting artist series of concerts, lectures, and presentations.

View a list of past visiting artists and industry professionals