Music and Message

Join us for a new weekly series at Hendricks Chapel that features musical performances and spoken reflection from a diversity of religious and spiritual perspectives. These inclusive gatherings bridge campus and community and seek to spark inspiration, peace, and wellbeing for all.

All events in the series are free and open to the public. Programs take place on Sundays at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to join Hendricks Chapel for a reception featuring refreshments and hors d'oeuvres after every Music and Message.

Parking is complimentary. The Q1 lot will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided. For more information or to request accommodations, contact Hendricks Chapel at or call 315.443.2901.


Spring 2020 Program:

February 9

Reflections on Black History Month from guest speakers, with performances by student soloists, the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble and Setnor choral ensembles.


February 16

Syracuse University students perform original songs and senior Allison Westbrook offers a reflection on the theme of creativity.


February 23

The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs imaginative chamber music, pushing the boundaries of the reed quintet genres and opportunities. This concert will feature a program of contemporary music, including Splinter by Marc Mellits, Rites for the Afterlife by Stacy Garrop and Homage to Paradise Valley by Jeff Scott.

Supported by The Esther Drake and John Vincent Malmgren Endowment 


March 1

Body, Mind, and Spirit I: music for dancing

Setnor School of Music’s Samba Laranja (Brazilian Ensemble), Hendricks Chapel Choir, and University Organist Anne Laver perform music of Brazil that will make you want to get up and dance. Elisa Dekaney, director of Samba Laranja and Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Internationalization at the College of Visual and Performing Arts will offer remarks.


March 8

The highly-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble kicks off an extended campus residency with a concert featuring American Negro spirituals and music of the Black experience.

Directed by Everett McCorvey, this ensemble has toured throughout the United States, Europe and South America and its members are each accomplished educators and performing artists in their own right.

Supported by The Esther Drake and John Vincent Malmgren Endowment 

Presented in partnership with the Syracuse University Humanities Center



Please note: In response to concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus), this event will postponed with the intent to reschedule.

Celebration of Syracuse University's 150th anniversary with a special program of music and spoken word featuring students and ensembles from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.


VIRTUAL: April 5

Body, Mind, and Spirit II: music to de-stress

Hendricks Chapel's popular weekly series, Music and Message, is going virtual!

On Sunday, April 5, all are welcome to join our virtual experience through Blackboard. Student performers will livestream music, chaplains will offer advice on strategies for coping with stress, and participants will come together for a sing-along!

Click the link to be taken to the Music and Message virtual experience. The meeting opens at 3:30 p.m and event begins at 4 p.m. You do not need an account to participate.

For those who prefer to call in for an audio-only experience, call +1-571-392-7650 and enter the PIN: 542 746 5853.


April 12

Body, Mind, and Spirit III: music for rebirth and renewal

The Hendricks Chapel Choir, University Organist Anne Laver and student organists present a choral evensong for the Christian Feast of Easter.


April 19

Program of vocal and instrumental music of the 17th and 18th centuries performed by the Hendricks Chapel Choir and the Setnor School of Music Baroque Ensemble.


April 26

Syracuse Oratorio Society and Hendricks Chapel Choir perform a concert including Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb conducted by Joel Touranjoe and accompanied by organist Augustine Sobeng.