Student organizations

Student organizations are a lively part of the Setnor School of Music community. They complement coursework and ensemble performances, provide service to the Setnor School of Music and wider community, and offer opportunities for students to develop leadership and teamwork skills necessary for success in life. 

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) collegiate chapter

The SU chapter of ACDA seeks to “…promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching,” as recommended by the National organization. The SU chapter fosters fellowship between aspiring and established choral professionals, organizes seminars featuring leaders in the choral field, creates opportunities to observe rehearsals and performances of the highest caliber, and supports the SU choral studies area. Chapter members fundraise throughout the year in order to attend state, regional, and national conferences. Contact: Dr. John Warren, chapter advisor, jfwarr01@syr.edu.

Cantus Novus

Cantus Novus is a student-run group dedicated to performing the works of our very own student composers. It presents at least one concert per semester in addition to special performances in places such as the SU Art Gallery. Students from all majors in Setnor gain valuable experience through organizing and presenting concerts, premiering original works, and learning how composers and performers work together in real-time.

Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA)

The SU chapter of MEISA provides opportunities for students interested in the music and entertainment industries to participate in offerings by the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) and meet leaders of the music and entertainment industries.  Interested students should contact the chapter advisor, Dr. Ulf Oesterle

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) collegiate chapter

Formerly known as CMENC, SU’s NAfME collegiate chapter is a recognized student organization at Syracuse University. It is the student chapter for both the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its state affiliate, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). The chapter’s weekly forum is a chance for students to listen to guest speakers, participate in workshops, and discuss current events related to music education. Along with weekly meetings, the chapter holds numerous fundraisers throughout the academic year to raise money for student scholarships, teacher grants, and charities. Every year, SU’s NAfME collegiate chapter awards one scholarship to an incoming first-year music education major and one grant to a local music educator to use for supplies. A signature annual acitivity is attending the NYSSMA Winter Conference to attend professional development workshops, hear outstanding concerts, and network with music teachers and Setnor alumni from across the state of New York. The chapter is always looking to grow, improve, and give back to the community. Contact: Dr. Juliet Hess, chapter advisor, jlhess@syr.edu.

New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA)

Setnor is home to the first student chapter of the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA). The NYSBDA student chapter organizes lectures, events, and visits with leading band conductors and composers for band. A key activity is attending the annual NYSBDA conference for professional development workshops, to hear outstanding performances, and to network with band directors from across New York State.

Pi Kappa Lambda

Pi Kappa Lambda is the national honor society for musicians with 205 active chapters across the country. Setnor's faculty members of Pi Kappa Lambda select outstanding music majors each year for induction into the society.

Music Fraternities and Sororities

Setnor is home to four professional and service fraternities and sororities devoted to music and musicians. They are not the kind of social fraternities and soroities depicted in movies!  Instead, these organizations provide valuable service to the Setnor School of Music and the community. 

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women and a service organization. Syracuse University’s Sigma Iota chapter is composed of both music and non-music majors. They are dedicated to serving the school through service projects and fund-raising activities both on and off campus, including the well-known “Muffin Mondays” in Crouse College. Contact: Athena Margarites, president, acmargar@syr.edu.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a national fraternity for men of music and a service organization. Syracuse University's Theta chapter welcomes all men of music both in and outside the Setnor School of Music. Service activities include singing for patients at local hospitals, helping set up for concerts in the Setnor School, and providing Valentine’s Day serenades. Contact: Rob Righthand, president, rarighth@syr.edu.

Kappa Kappa Psi is a national honorary band fraternity and a service organization. Syracuse University's Eta Phi chapter was chartered on December 4, 1982 and has provided more than 22 years of service to Syracuse University Bands and to the community, particularly in music education. It is open to members of SU bands and provides leadership, support, and financial assistance when possible to the bands, either supplementing services provided by the school or providing assistance that would not normally be possible without its support. Contact: Callum McMillan, President, cjmcmill@syr.edu.

Tau Beta Sigma is a national honorary band sorority and a service organization. Syracuse University's Eta Alpha chapter was chartered on December 4, 1982 and has provided more than 22 years of service to Syracuse University Bands and to the community, particularly in music education. It is open to members of SU bands and provides leadership, support, and financial assistance when possible to the bands, either supplementing services provided by the school or providing assistance that would not normally be possible without its support.  Contact: Ashley Orfice, President, aaorific@syr.edu.

Chimesmasters

Chimesmasters is a campus-wide student group that rings the Chimes in Crouse College’s bell tower. The group gives two 15-minute concerts daily that can be heard within a one-mile radius by an audience numbering in the thousands. Contact: Alex Ganes, arganes@syr.edu.

A Cappella Ensembles

Syracuse University’s a cappella ensembles are entirely student-run and directed. The groups perform without instruments and are composed of strictly voice and optional vocal percussion. All-female, all-male, and co-ed groups exist, as well as a Jewish a cappella ensemble. While the groups perform a number of individual concerts during the semester, a large concert for all ensembles is held each semester.

        A cappella groups include: 

Black Celestial Choral Ensemble

The Black Celestial Choral Ensemble performs contemporary Christian gospel music. It concertizes regularly throughout the Central New York Area.

First-Year Players

First-Year Players (FYP) is a student-run musical theater organization at SU. FYP gives non-drama major, first-year, and transfer students the opportunity to perform in an annual spring musical and gives production experience to undergraduate majors.

Student Record Labels

Syracuse University Recordings (SUR) and Marshall Street Records (MSR) are student operated music companies.
These hands-on learning environments are the operational component of our Music Enterprise Laboratory, a credit bearing class.  Students record and release music, promote live events and market merchandise.  They have negotiated, recorded, manufactured and marketed twenty-five CD releases; as well as numerous digital-only projects.