Performing Ensembles

Performing Ensembles at SUNY Plattsburgh

Students interested in participating in music at Plattsburgh State 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.

Cardinal Singers

Select chamber choral group that performs a wide range of repertory, including classical and popular a cappella, as well as accompanied chamber works. Performs frequently on- and off-campus. Visit the Cardinal Singer’s web page for more information.

(Audition required)

Choral Union

Large mixed chorus that blends qualified college students with the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society, a community chorus, specializing in the major choral-orchestral works.

(Audition required)

College Chorale

Traditional large mixed chorus. Repertory includes works with instrumental accompaniment, as well as a cappella pieces. Chorale hosts the Music Department’s annual Choral Fest. Guest artists have included Joseph Huszti and Ellington Voices in Motion. Visit the College Chorale’s web page for more information.

(Open to all students)

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)

Chamber Ensembles at SUNY Plattsburgh

Small ensembles for students with prior experience in woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments or voice. Chamber groups allow students to create music in a setting with fewer players and greater individual responsibility. Students register for most of these ensembles concurrently with a larger ensemble.

  • Brass Ensemble.
  • Clarinet Choir.
  • Flute Ensemble.
  • Guitar Ensemble.
  • Contemporary Music Combo.
  • Percussion Ensemble.
  • Saxophone Ensemble.
  • String Quartet.
  • Vocal Ensemble.

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) 564-2477
Fax: (518) 564-2197

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