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Music Department

SUNY Oswego's music program, which offers bountiful hands-on learning opportunities, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Through its four components—music history and literature, music theory, applied studio study, and ensemble performance—it provides both music and non-music majors with many opportunities to study and perform. Aspects of music that students can explore through our program include:

  • improving instrumental or vocal skills
  • performing with ensembles and groups
  • composing music
  • exploring audio production and technology
  • learning music theory and literature 
  • attending a wide variety of concerts throughout the year


For the Department

Email our department secretary Sally Vanburen for specific a specific date and time to audition to be accepted into the Music Department.  

For Lessons

For individual lessons, email one of the professors below:

For Ensembles

Visit our Ensembles page and contact the ensemble director for audition information.


Your assigned advisor is viewable in DegreeWorks. Contact them for questions about degree progress and scheduling. For questions or concerns pertaining to your assigned advisor, or if you need an advisor, contact Advisement Coordinator Juliet Forshaw at [email protected] or 315-312-3054.


Students taking Individual Instruction (Applied Voice, Piano, Strings, etc.) are charged $30.00 per credit hour per semester. This fee covers master classes, music, accompanying, rental fees, etc.

A discipline specific Institutional Fee of $100.00 is charged to all Music Majors and Minors each semester. This fee is used for replacement/repair/rebuilding of large departmental resources, including pianos, other instruments, and common resources shared by all. 

Contact Us

Department Chair

Trevor Jorgensen
109 Tyler Hall

Department Secretary

Sally Vanburen
119 Tyler Hall