Music and Message


"Music and Message" — the popular weekly series from Hendricks Chapel that features musical performances and spoken reflection from a diversity of religious and spiritual perspectives — is returning to campus this fall semester. These gatherings seek to invite learners of all ages into the fullness of life, and we invite all students, faculty and staff for another season of inspiration.

Our theme for this semester is “Beauty/Brokenness”. In the midst of unprecedented times, we will explore the ways in which beauty can emerge from brokenness, and also, how brokenness can be found within that which is often deemed to be beautiful. By exploring such paradox and tension, participants will explore the role of joy, grief, celebration and sorrow within the human experience.


Join us on Sundays at 4 p.m.

August 30 through November 22

In-person and on Zoom

Please note: In accordance to COVID-19 regulations, those who do not work or reside on-campus, including parents and alumni, are invited to experience this program through Zoom webinar, which will open at 4 p.m. ET each Sunday with the same link.

Pre-registration is not required. This event is free and open to all.


Sept. 27 Program

Speaker: Rev. Gail Riina, Lutheran Chaplain at Syracuse University

Performers: Liamna Pestana Roche, guitar and voice, and a quartet of Hendricks Chapel Choir members


November 1 - Orange Central 2020

Join us for an extra special Music and Message during virtual Orange Central weekend, October 29-November 1. You can register online for this unique Music and Message, featuring alumni performances, as well as other great programs like Reflections on 90 Years of Hendricks Chapel. We hope you will join our Syracuse University community in our virtual weekend celebrating all things Orange!



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



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Full Recordings of Past "Music and Message" Events

Aug. 31: "Blessing of Students"

In honor of the students of Syracuse University, and to commemorate the life transitions of starting the 2020 academic year, Hendricks Chapel hosted a “Blessing of Students” on Sunday, Aug. 30!

The event included a welcome from Dean Brian Konkol, blessings from our diverse chaplains, and performances by Dr. Peppie Calvar, Dr. Anne Laver, and members of the Hendricks Chapel Choir. Watch the full recording below anytime!


Sept. 6 Program

Speakers: Hendricks Chapel Dean Brian Konkol and Ethan Smith '20 G'22, Convener of S.A.I.L. (Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders)

Musicians: Theresa Chen, instructor of jazz piano at Setnor School of Music, and a quartet of Hendricks Chapel Choir members


Sept. 13 Program

Speakers: Dean Brian Konkol, dean of Hendricks Chapel

Performers: Lindsey Bartlett, soprano; Hannah Comia, piano; Hendricks Chapel Choir quartet

You can watch this program recording directly on Facebook. Due to Facebook's copyright regulations, this program cannot be embedded on our website


Sept. 20 Program

Speaker: Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University

Performers: Chris Spinelli, piano, and a quartet of Hendricks Chapel Choir members