Graduate with a diverse portfolio of work
Control Room | Belfer Control Room | Belfer
Euphonix System 5 Console | Belfer Euphonix System 5 Console | Belfer
Vintage Rack | Belfer Vintage Rack | Belfer
Neve 1073 Microphone Preamplifiers/Equalizers (vintage 1972) | Belfer Neve 1073 Microphone Preamplifiers/Equalizers (vintage 1972) | Belfer
Fairchild Electronics Model 658 Spring Reverb "Reverbatron" | Belfer Fairchild Electronics Model 658 Spring Reverb "Reverbatron" | Belfer
Pultec Equalizers (vintage 1958) | Belfer Pultec Equalizers (vintage 1958) | Belfer
Microphone Technique Demo | Belfer Microphone Technique Demo | Belfer
Live Streaming | Recording Services Live Streaming | Recording Services
Live Streaming | Recording Services Live Streaming | Recording Services
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Why Our Program?

  • You will graduate with a diverse portfolio of work and essential technical and managerial skills.
  • You will meet numerous nationally and internationally renowned resident and visiting artists and industry professionals. They often teach workshops and master classes, providing experiences and insight that both broaden and deepen your studies.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities in Strasbourg, London, Los Angeles, New York City, 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.


Control Room | Belfer

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.

Belfer Studio

The Belfer Laboratory has a Live End/Dead End recording studio and control rooms designed by Chips Davis, a nationally recognized acoustic expert and recording studio designer. The studio has been a cornerstone of industry academic offerings in Setnor for more than 25 years and is well known as an incubator for many future artists, audio engineers, and businesspeople who continue to shape today’s music industry.

The sound recording technology control room is equipped with an amalgam of state-of-the-art and vintage studio gear, including:

  • Euphonix System MC-5 control surface with 24 faders
  • Pro Tools HDX v12, Albleton Live, and Logic Pro with 128 channels of high resolution A/D - D/A conversion
  • Full compliment of DSP plug ins by Waves, Solid State Logic, API, Native Instruments, Izotope, Cycling 74, Avid, and Celemony
  • JBL LSR-8 5:1 surround sound monitoring
  • Neve 1073 microphone preamplifiers/equalizers (16 channels)
  • Avid PRE remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers (16 channels)
  • Neve 2264A compressor/limiters
  • Pultec EQH-2 tube equalizers
  • Pultec MEQ-5 tube equalizers
  • Pultec HLF-3C equalizers
  • DBX 166 compressor/limiters
  • DBX 1066 compressor/limiters
  • Lexicon PCM-91 reverb processor
  • Fairchild 658 “Reverbatron” spring reverb system

Belfer Studio boasts a large and comprehensive microphone collection with such brands as Neumann, Sennheiser, BLUE, Schoeps, Bruel and Kjaer, Shure, Audix, Audio Technica, and Oktava.

Recording Services Studio

Recording Services operates within the Setnor School of Music to provide recording and other technical services to recitals and concerts in the acoustically vivid Setnor Auditorium. Under the supervision of a professional recording engineer, students provide audio engineering services for more than 200 events a year, serving as a valuable professional work experience in a mission-critical live production environment.

The Recording Services Studio is equipped with Pro Tools HDX 12, Steinberg Jones Wavelab, and Telestream WireCast. Events are also live streamed in HD audio and video using a state-of-the-art, fiber-optic-coupled multiple camera system. Like Belfer Studio, Recording Services possesses a comprehensive microphone collection and a signal path that is customized to highlight the unique acoustics and capabilities of Setnor Auditorium.

Learn more about the Setnor 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


Audio Engineering Society

Syracuse University has its own student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) that meets monthly and creates opportunities for education and advancement in the field of audio engineering. The chapter hosts many activities, including lectures by prominent guest speakers, industry-related tours and experiences, and annual trips to the AES convention held in Los Angeles and New York City. To join AES@SU, contact James S. Abbott, SU student chapter faculty advisor.