Setnor Auditorium | Crouse College

Crouse College Chimes Project

The “Chimes of Crouse” are a symbol of Orange tradition, providing decades of inspiration to Syracuse alumni since they first rang on June 3, 1889. As an epicenter of music, the chimes resonate with the University and the Syracuse community.

The “Chimes of Crouse” are undergoing impressive improvements this summer with the installation of four new bronze cast bells that will vastly widen the Chimemasters’ repertoire of melodies.

We ask that you generously consider donating to the restoration of the chimes and the addition of the new bells. Please join the Chimemasters in commemorating the legacy of the chimes and ensuring our tradition for decades to come. 

Name a Bell!

If you would like to make a lasting impact on this Syracuse University landmark, you may have your name or that of a loved one permanently attributed to one of the new bells. Only a select few will join John Crouse, the college’s namesake and benefactor, in having a bell named for them in Crouse Tower. We encourage alumni to donate and name a new bell, knowing that your gift will “ring true” alongside the Crouse Bell for generations to come! A gift of $15,000 will name the largest of the new bells, or $10,000 may be donated to name one of the three smaller bells. These gifts may be paid in installments.

To donate to the Crouse College Chimes Project, please visit our secure giving website. For more information on naming a bell, please contact Jim Dungey, interim senior director of development, at 315.443.8931 or

SU Marching Band

The talented students who make up the Syracuse University Marching Band ("the Pride of the Orange") continue a more than 110-year tradition of commitment toward a common goal: to provide the voice of SU spirit. The band represents every college and school within the Syracuse University’s academic family, as well as Le Moyne College, Onondaga Community College, and SUNY ESF. Indeed, the Marching Band is truly where Syracuse spirit comes together.

Your support of “the Pride” will allow this remarkable tradition to continue by helping to fund uniforms, travel, instruments, scholarships, and many other essentials that when combined, allow approximately 200 students to maintain our traditions and represent SU all over the country and the world. Whether leading our Alma Mater or our rallying Fight Song, the band celebrates the passion and excitement of the moment but also tethers us to our shared past.

Give to the Pride.

Support the Janet Kay Smith Feature Twirler Scholarship Fund

From 1957 to 1961, music major Janet Kay Smith Dean ’61 was The Girl, the featured twirler—and only female—in the SUMB. The band's first named, restricted scholarship fund will be awarded to the feature twirler and help to recruit the best and brightest student to both the University and to the Pride. Give to the Janet Kay Smith Feature Twirler Scholarship Fund.*

*Beginning July 27, 2016, any gifts you donate to the Twirler Scholarship Fund will be matched one-to-one, up to $7,500, in order to endow the scholarship! Please consider supporting the generations of future twirlers who will represent the spirit of the Syracuse Orange!

Support the Travel Fund

Taking 200+ students on the road is a costly affair. Gifts to this fund will help the Pride travel to away football games each year to help cheer the Orange to victory. Give to the Travel Fund.

For more information about giving to the SU Marching Band, please contact the SU:VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.

Setnor All-Steinway

Many of the world’s finest pianists, leading orchestras, music festivals, conservatories, and schools of music exclusively use Steinway pianos. Our faculty and students deserve nothing less.

Therefore, the Setnor School of Music has launched a $2.5 million campaign to become an All-Steinway School. The funds raised from the campaign will replace all 67 pianos in the school with Steinway-built and Steinway-designed pianos, ensuring the next generation of students have the finest instruments in the world on which to learn, practice, and perform.

Jennie Berkson is chair of the Setnor School’s All-Steinway Campaign. Berkson’s passion for music and education are the perfect combination to help lead the Setnor School in this transformational challenge. She and her husband, SU Trustee David Edelstein, have generously committed a lead gift of a Steinway Model D concert grand piano.

To participate in the All-Steinway Campaign, please contact the SU:VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095. If you prefer to give online, please visit our secure online giving website.

All-Steinway Challenge Brochure

Recognition Opportunities

Setnor Auditorium Chairs

The Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium holds special memories for alumni and friends of SU VPA. It is also a treasured space in Crouse College, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now you can be a part of this tradition.

For a minimum gift of $500, a chair in Setnor Auditorium can be named on behalf of you or your family or in honor or memory of a family member or friend. In recognition of your gift, a nameplate bearing the name of your choice will be placed on the arm of the chair(s).

To name a chair or chairs, please download and complete our order form. For more information, please contact the SU:VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.

Bandier Program

The following set of funding priorities offers you an opportunity to broaden the scope and impact of the exciting Bandier Program in the Setnor School of Music. No matter how large or small, your gift will have a significant impact on the lives of young people eager to be a part of the music and entertainment industries.

Professorship in Music and the Entertainment Industries

This endowed professorship will support the teaching, professional development, and outreach activities of an outstanding faculty member by offering increased compensation and other types of direct support. The named professorship will provide stipends for summer research and travel as well as release time for curriculum development and writing.

Visiting Professorship/Professor of Practice

This endowment fund will enable Syracuse University to bring prominent executives and leaders from the music and entertainment industries to campus on a rotating basis, usually for a semester or less, to teach classes and work directly with students. Endowment income will cover travel costs, honoraria, and other expenses associated with the limited residency.

Syracuse Community Music Connection Scholarship

This endowed scholarship will provide financial assistance to a qualified Syracuse-area resident with demonstrable need and academic merit.

Digital Classroom

This teaching facility will be equipped with the latest interactive classroom presentation tools. The classroom will be wired for ISDN and IP video conferencing as well as the full range of web-based and internal media presentation, including wireless network access, hardware, and software.

Music Industry Speaker Forum

This annual speaker series will bring as many as five of the best and brightest leaders in the music industry to campus during the spring semester.

Distinguished Lecture

Open to the greater Syracuse community, the annual Distinguished Lecture will be the highlight of the academic year for the Bandier Program. A required event for students, it will feature a popular member of the music industry who, due to his or her stature, would be appropriate for the Music Industry Speaker Forum.

Bandier Program Opportunity Fund

Gifts to this unrestricted fund provide the resources and flexibility required to enhance and supplement the student learning experience where it is needed most. It may cover the cost of student online subscriptions to top industry publications, memberships in professional organizations, and technology upgrades, as well as help defray costs associated with visiting artists, lecturers, and guest speakers.

If you are interested in supporting the Bandier Program, please contact the SU:VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.

Naming Opportunities

One of the ultimate gifts to SU:VPA is a gift to name a space in one of our buildings. This not only brings distinction to the donor; it also brings needed resources to the college. Whether it expands funds for renovations to the building, the soundproofing of practice rooms, or the development of climate control, a naming gift opens up possibilities.

If you are interested in a naming opportunity, please contact the SU:VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.