Student organizations are an important and lively part of the Setnor School of Music community. They complement coursework and ensemble performances, provide service to the school, university, and wider community, and offer opportunities for students to develop the leadership and teamwork skills.
Music in and Around Syracuse
In addition to the concerts at Setnor School of Music, there are many cultural opportunities in and around Syracuse.
Venues on campus that provide a number of events for students and the public include Hendricks Chapel and their Malmgren Concert Series, the University Lectures Series, the Syracuse University Art Museum, the Carrier Dome, and the student-run University Union, Syracuse University’s official programming board.
Live music is an important part of life for Setnor School of Music students and for the Syracuse community. Venues in and around the area provide concert opportunities in all different genres and styles. The Westcott Theater is one of the premier venues for national, regional, and local bands, and where music students have performed and held internships. The Landmark Theater is a historical site that has transformed itself into the region’s home for National Broadway Tours such as Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Avenue Q. The OnCenter is a major venue that attracts many acclaimed artists and acts to the city, and serves as a performance home for Symphoria and the Syracuse Opera. The new Lakeview Amphitheatre outdoor concert venue located on the shores of Onondaga Lake provides some of today’s most popular concert events. Other venues include the Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse Stage, and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Smaller venues, bars, and theatres offer even more opportunities to perform, work, intern, or attend events.
Syracuse is home to a number of professional ensembles and performance groups including Symphoria, Syracuse Opera, and New York State Baroque. A variety of organizations also run concert series that bring acclaimed professional musicians to Syracuse, including Civic Morning Musicals, CNYJazz, the Society for New Music, and the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music. Many of these organizations offer discounted or free tickets for students, and increase engagement between the Setnor School of Music and the professional music community.
Many Setnor School of Music students have had performance, internship, or work opportunities with these organizations, and the school has wonderful, long-standing relationships with the cultural institutions in the area. Students are encouraged to gain professional experience and make lasting contacts while in school. Setnor School of Music students regularly sing in the opera chorus for Syracuse Opera productions and have appeared in small roles with the company. Students perform in the Civic Morning Musicals series, and graduate students have performed with Symphoria.
Syracuse University has maintained a dedication to the development of the city’s arts scene through the Connective Corridor initiative. The corridor is a bus line and a walking path connecting the university campus with the downtown region of the city. It was planned so that the city’s arts organizations line the corridor to Syracuse’s trendy and busy downtown. This initiative has made it easier for students to access the music and arts scene in Syracuse. Sites like CNY Arts and Visit Syracuse pool information from throughout the Syracuse area to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York, and allow students and the community to take advantage of area events.
Syracuse is just a half-day drive to Boston, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Access to these cities is available through various transportation systems—Amtrak, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, bus lines, and the University’s program with ZipCar. Such close proximity has allowed students to participate in conferences, festivals, and field trips in many of these large cities.