Cultural Impact

The college’s performing arts series brings such acclaimed artists as the Miro Quartet, Garth Fagan Dance and Odetta to Oswego.

The college theatre department mounts several productions each year. Recent productions have included “A Doll’s House,” “Cabaret,” “Into the Woods,” “Pera Palas” and “A Christmas Carol.” The five main-stage productions in 2008-09 attracted nearly 4,200 theatregoers. The department holds a drama festival for high schools in the region each year. In 2009, the festival drew 450 students from 20 schools.

Two Oswego professors – Mark Cole in theatre and Robert Auler in music – created and mounted the original two-person dark musical comedy “An Evening With Alan Lawrence” that was cited by two local media outlets as among the performance highlights of Central New York for 2009.

Oswego commissioned and debuted Richard Einhorn’s “The Origin,” a multimedia oratorio based on the life and work of Charles Darwin, with $110,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Music Fund.

Tyler Art Gallery displays about a dozen art exhibitions and hosts artist receptions each year. All exhibitions and programs in the gallery are open to the public free of charge, with close to 10,000 visitors annually.

The Metro Center in Syracuse and Oswego State Downtown both feature gallery space that showcases the work of students, professors and regional artists in a creative town-gown partnership.

WRVO, the college’s public radio station, has an award-winning news staff and almost 100,000 listeners in Central New York each week. By listener share, it ranks among the top 10 of public radio stations nationally.

The college has formal student-exchange programs with universities in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand and Puerto Rico that bring students of other cultures to Oswego each year. The college enrolls additional international students from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. In fall 2009, the college enrolled 96 international degree-seeking students and 40 exchange students.

In 2008-09, the music department offered more than 40 musical performances, and individual faculty initiated many additional performance opportunities in the community.

Members of the college’s music faculty play leadership roles in such campus-based community musical organizations as the Oswego Opera Theatre, Oswego Festival Chorus and College-Community Orchestra.

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