Choral Studies

The Setnor School of Music’s Choral Activities Area offers a varied slate of choirs open to all students and conducted by outstanding faculty.

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The choral studies department strives to provide outstanding choral ensemble experiences to all Syracuse University students, preparing them for a life-long contribution to the choral world community. Each of our six choral ensembles offers singers, both graduate and undergraduate, an opportunity for training, musical exploration, and personal growth in all aspects of the choral art regardless of the student’s major. Additionally, we seek to teach all singers the fundamental elements of music and collaboration. In our choirs you will sing the great choral orchestral works with professional orchestra, reach the highest levels of precision and expression in a variety of genres and styles, perform with students from diverse majors and all colleges of SU, master scat jazz standards of today and yesterday, and tour the world.

In addition to our choirs, we teach courses in conducting, choral literature, and choral methods as part of undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education and performance. We also offer a master of music degree in conducting for which assistantships and scholarships are available. The small size of this program allows for close interaction with faculty and the chance to conduct a University ensemble for your final recital. Read more our degree programs here. The choral studies department also supports the activities of many student-led vocal groups and sponsors the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. 

Choral singing has a rich tradition at SU, and our mission is to continually grow the standard of excellence that has been so clearly established throughout the history of the Setnor School of Music. For information on applying to/auditioning for any of the Setnor School’s degree programs, visit Apply. For questions about choral singing at SU, contact the Department of Choral Studies by e-mailing or calling 315-443-4106. You can experience more about us on our social media sites: