Our master of music (M.M.) degree programs in the performance areas of organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and wind instruments promote the attainment of high levels of performance in addition to the skills necessary to enter the professional music world.

Admission + Audition Requirements

The piano program offers two emphases: collaborative arts, which gives in-depth training in all aspects of chamber music and accompaniment; and performance, which provides concentrated studies in repertoire and technique.

Personal attention from a stellar faculty within an intimate, friendly environment is a key component of the performance programs. They will not only help you grow musically, but also encourage you to think proactively and critically. They are an invaluable resource as you prepare for your professional career.

Graduates of our programs have gone on to careers as soloists, accompanists, members of major orchestras and opera companies, and pedagogs in private studios and academia.

Application deadline: February 1 for fall admission. Performance currently does not offer spring admission.


Performance Opportunities

The Setnor School of Music offers a wide range of performing ensembles, and you are encouraged to take advantage of the valuable opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musicians in vocal or instrumental ensemble settings.

A student practices the piano.

Organ/Piano

In addition to individual recitals and ensemble concerts, graduate organ and piano performance students may perform in the Setnor School’s weekly convocation, an informal gathering of faculty and students.

Student organists are able to draw on a myriad of performance, church music, and arts administration opportunities both on campus and in the wider community. While most of the teaching takes place in the Setnor School of Music, student organists regularly make use of additional opportunities supported by Hendricks ChapelSyracuse Catholic Community, and the Syracuse Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in order to make the most of their experience in Syracuse. View our list of opportunities to get a sense of what our student organists are up to. For more information, or to express an interest in applying or getting involved, email Professor Anne Laver, assistant professor of organ and University organist, at .

A student plays the violin.

Strings

String performance majors are required to participate in a large ensemble during each semester they are enrolled as a full-time student. Students have an opportunity to perform in a symphony and/or chamber orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as a variety of chamber music ensembles.

In addition, guest artists and faculty frequently collaborate with students in performances of the major chamber music repertoire, thus passing on their experience, traditions, and insights to the next generation of players.

A student singing in Setnor Auditorium.

Voice

Graduate voice performance students are required to participate in a choir each semester that you are enrolled. The Setnor School offers six different choirs with a variety of styles, from world music to contemporary works. In addition, the Opera Workshop provides an opportunity to perform complete operatic roles in fully-staged performances. An active, student-run a cappella culture provides camaraderie, fun, and the opportunity for leadership. It is common for students to participate in each other’s degree recitals, and many take leadership roles in the productions of the First-Year Players.

Off campus, voice students are valued members of the professional chorus of the Syracuse Opera, sometimes performing small solo parts; several have been engaged to sing more substantial roles in recent years. Other activities include paid positions as section leaders in church choirs and performing roles with the nearby Oswego Opera.

A student playing an instrument.

Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion

The Wind Ensemble is the premier concert wind organization at Syracuse University.


Curriculum