Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra

The Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra offers a unique experience in music making at the highest level. While symphony orchestras are associated in the popular imagination with music that is old and “classic,” our orchestra is committed to stylistic diversity, with a repertoire that spans four centuries.

The Symphony Orchestra in concert

The Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra prides itself on unique programming, and exposing its audiences and players to a wide array of styles, genres, and time periods. They routinely pair works of Beethoven or Brahms alongside 20th-century masterworks. The SUSO regularly collaborates with Setnor Faculty Members to present concerto repertoire, opera arias, or orchestral songs of Strauss and Wolf. The orchestra does regular readings of student composed orchestral works so that composition students have recordings of their large works. Members of the Syracuse University Symphony Orchesta also play for the Opera Workshop production every January. In the 2012-2013 season, the SUSO has collaborated with pianist Steven Heyman, cellist Caroline Stinson, soprano Janet Brown, the Syracuse University Singers, and choreographer Jacqueline Buglisi for a choregraphed performance of Faure's Requiem, and played for the January 2013 production of Too Many Sopranos.

The Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra holds an annual Concerto and Aria Competition where students compete to perform solo and concertos with the full orchestra. The competition is held each March, and the winner's recital takes place each April. Graduate conducting students often guest conduct for performances. The orchestra is directed and by Dr. James R. Tapia, director of orchestral activities at the Setnor School of Music.

Contact: Dr. James R. Tapia, 315-443-9371 or