We offer opportunities for involvement, whatever your musical taste, style and instrument. You can learn from a professor in the afternoon and see that teacher perform with an outstanding visiting artist in the evening. If you're interested in recording and producing others' work, we have a strong program for that too. Or, for more on the sounds coming out of our music program, sit back and listen:



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Majors and Programs

You can major or minor in Music, explore our minor in Audio Design and Production, pursue a minor in Arts Management or earn a Cerfiticate of Specialized Study in Piano.

Student Opportunities

  • Intensive one-on-one lessons with faculty committed to staying in tune with students
  • Instrumental ensembles include Concert Band, College Orchestra, Oswego State Jazz Ensemble, Oswego Jazz Project
  • Choral ensembles include Festival Chorus, College Choir and State Singers
  • Annual Collage concert inviting solo and ensemble performances
  • Students in our "Music Business" class have been involved with performing, recording, producing, designing and marketing CDs
  • Student performers recorded the track "Tug" for the Oswego Jazz Project album "And the Time is Now"
  • The Mu Beta Psi music fraternity encourages closer connections among students


Recently faculty accomplishments include:

  • Three members in faculty-student combo Oswego Jazz Project recorded two albums and toured widely in support of their original music and jazz standards.
  • Pianist Rob Auler recorded piano album "American Century," using musical roots including blues, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and rock.
  • Juan F. LaManna serves as the principal conductor for the Miami City Ballet.

Robert Allen: MUS 100, Applied Voice, Class Voice
Rob Auler: Piano, Music Theory
Rick Balestra: Guitar
Dan Barach: Viola/Violin, History and Literature
Terrance Caviness: Brass
Colleen Dailey: MUS 112
Jackie Darvill: Beginning violin, cello
Todd Graber: Department Chair, Applied Voice & Musical Theatre 
Rebecca Horning: Piano Class, Staff Accompanist
Nancy James: Applied Voice
Kris Jorgensen: Flute, MUS 310/311, MUS 112
Trevor Jorgensen: Wind Ensemble, Woodwinds, History & Literature
Juan F. La Manna: Orchestra, Piano, Music Appreciation, Conducting
Tom McGrath: Percussion
Julie Pretzat: Associate Dean - School of Communication, Media & the Arts, Music Theory 200/201
Mack Richardson: MUS 101, Business of Music
Josh Russell: Recording Engineer
Eric Schmitz: Jazz Studies, Jazz Ensemble, Theory 
Robert Senko: Piano Technician
Jonathan Shallit: Music Literature
Marilyn Smiley: Music History and Literature
Mihoko Tsutsumi: Director of Choral Activities, Music Tht Director
Sally Vanburen: Department Secretary
Dan Wood: Audio Production and Music Technology, Coordinator-Audio Design and Production Minor, MUS 206, MUS 382, MUS 383
Danny Ziemann: Bass Instructor

After Oswego

Students take their Oswego experience into careers as musicians and vocalists, music producers, events managers, educators, master's/advance degree programs or other paths.

Craig Schulman has performed from Broadway to national tours in roles including the Phantom of the famous opera, Jean Valjean of "Les Miserables" and the twin personalities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Phil Cokorinos '79 has performed more than 70 leading roles for top operas across the U.S. Karin Franklin '71 became a trailblazing producer and host of public-affairs broadcasting. Other graduates record and tour, such as twins Maggie and Maynah Goble and Jason Checkla in Closer Still.