Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse, VPA supports the creative process and professional development. The College is divided into six areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; and the Department of Transmedia.
CoursesSample courses for performance majors include:
- Basic Conducting
- Chromatic Harmony
- Ear Training III
- Analysis of Contemporary Music
- European and American Music Since 1914
Official Major Requirements
Practical ExperienceAs a performance major, you will have access to internationally-renowned resident and visiting artists. They’ll offer master classes focusing on different technical and interpretive viewpoints, as well as concerts, lectures, and presentations. Performing ensembles at the Setnor School of Music provide opportunities for you in your specialization:
- Organ/piano majors perform in Setnor’s weekly convocation for faculty and students, as well as in Hendricks chapel services, voluntaries, hymns, and liturgical choral music events.
- Strings majors perform in a large ensemble with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra.
- Voice majors must participate in choir—there are six different choirs to choose from. An Opera Workshop is also available, with fully-staged performances. A capella and First Year Players also put on productions.
- Woodwind, brass, and percussion majors take part in Syracuse’s Wind Ensemble.
Study AbroadToday’s musicians must prepare for careers on a global level. The Setnor School has designed study abroad programs in London and Los Angeles that not only broaden your perspective and enhance your resume, but maximize your international experience and coordinate with your graduation timeline. Syracuse Abroad also offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries.
Life After Syracuse UniversityAs a College of Visual and Performing Arts graduate with a major in performance, you can explore such careers as:
- Symphony musician
- Music teacher
- Studio musician
- Music arts coordinator
- Opera performer
- Touring musician