St. Lawrence University Holding Music Auditions

St. Lawrence University’s music ensembles welcome new members from the North Country community. All music ensembles are open to students, faculty and staff, and auditions are already underway.

For complete information on all of the ensembles, visit or contact the Department of Music at 315-229-5166.

Below is a brief listing of ensembles with audition times. Please contact the director for an appointment if you cannot make the audition.

University Chorus

As Canton’s community chorus, University Chorus combines the vocal talents of students, faculty and staff as well as community members. They perform a varied repertoire often with instrumental accompaniment. This fall, the chorus celebrates the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia, with a complete performance of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with orchestra.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m in Griffiths Arts Center, room 15. Contact director Barry Torres at or call 315-229-5171 for membership information.

String Orchestra

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the String Orchestra plays a divers repertoire including styles such as classical, folk/traditional and popular idioms such as Broadway, Hollywood and pops. This fall will continue a retrospective theme, taking repertoire from the past 10 years.

Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Auditions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Both will take place in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall located in St. Lawrence University’s Griffiths Arts Center. Contact director Chris Hosmer at or call 315-229-5144 for more information.

Wind Ensemble

The 45-member strong Wind Ensemble will be directed this year by Canton native Kyle Tupper. All woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 4. Both will take place in Peterson-Kermani performance Hall in Griffiths Arts Center.

Contact Tupper at or call 315-229-5166 for more information.

Kinda Blue Jazz Collective

Directed by Canton High School band teacher Tim Savage, the ensemble will explore the groundbreaking Miles Davis album Kinda Blue in various jazz combos.

Rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, or by appointment. Both will take place in Noble Center 001, the Launders Underground. Contact Savage at for more information.


Do you catch yourself drumming incessantly on tabletops, singing along with the washing machine’s beat, or making saxophones out of pizza boxes and broken straws? The SoundSandBox is a place to explore ways of making sound together. 

While skilled musicians are welcome, anyone may participate in this ensemble with the permission of the instructor. No prior experience with musical performance is required.  The ensemble will work on strategies for silent film accompaniment and learn how to both play set pieces and improvise. 

Rehearsals will take place on Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Auditions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1 or by appointment. Both will take place in Nobel Center 001 (the Launders Underground). Contact director David Henderson at or call 315-229-5085 for more information.