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 the VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.

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 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.

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

Recognition Opportunities [PDF]

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 [PDF]. For more information, please contact the VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.

Naming Opportunities

One of the ultimate gifts to 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 VPA Office of Advancement at 315.443.7095.