Performing Ensembles

Performing Ensembles at SUNY Plattsburgh

Students interested in participating in music at SUNY Plattsburgh have many opportunities. Participation in these ensembles for credit is not restricted to students who have chosen music as a program of study — all students are invited to participate.

Concert Choir

Mixed choral ensemble that performs a wide range of styles, including classical and popular cappella, as well as accompanied, works. Concert Choir hosts the annual ChoralFest, sometimes including guest artists. In addition to traditional choral concerts, our choral program also engages in special projects, including celebrations of the vocal and choral splendor of American musical theater; themed projects, such as Valentine’s Concerts or Madrigal Dinners; or other larger collaborations and staged productions. (Open to all students.)

Champlain Valley Voices Internship

Assigns SUNY Plattsburgh student singers to the community-based non-profit organization, Champlain Valley Voices, in order to provide the intern with a deeper understanding of any non-profit organization and of the value of college-community partnerships. Interns perform major choral-orchestral works and other great choral pieces. Additionally, each intern brings specialized skills to CVV that will support its mission.
(A minimum GPA of 3.0 and Junior or Senior status are required for this internship, as well as POI from faculty sponsor, J. Miano.)

Jazz Ensemble

Big band that specializes in the best of blues, jazz, and Latin jazz. Performs at a variety of on- and off-campus events. Combos selected from within the band. Hosts annual Jazz Festival. Guest artists have included Randy Brecker, JoAnne Brackeen, and Bobby Shew. (Audition required.)


Chamber string ensemble, occasionally performs with wind instrumentalists. The group is dedicated to the development of individual and group musicianship. String quartet selected from within the group. (Audition required.)

Symphonic Band

Concert band performing a wide variety of traditional and new music for winds and percussion. Students develop reading and ensemble skills and technical understanding of the music, and gain insight into composers and their works. Performances often feature guest and faculty soloists. (Open to all students.)

Other Performance Groups

Gospel Choir

A Student Association club. Dr. Dexter Criss is the faculty advisor (chemistry dept.) and Ms. Sally Urban is the staff advisor. Visit Gospel Choir website.

Minor Adjustments

As the only co-ed, all-vocal group on campus, Minor Adjustments is SUNY Plattsburgh’s prime source for all things a capella. As a group, they strive to improve their musicianship, always presenting the best performances possible, and have fun while doing it. With Minor Adjustments’ unique takes on modern songs and our impromptu performances all around campus, don’t be surprised if you happen to find them one night at the Sundowner! Visit Minor Adjustments website.


Usually produced every other fall in association with the theatre program at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Performance in Community Groups

Including the Adirondack Wind Ensemble and the Champlain Valley Voices.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the music program of SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Karen Becker, Chairperson
Phone: (518) 564-2471
Fax: (518) 564-2197

SUNY Plattsburgh
Department of Music
Myers Fine Arts 114
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901