Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2015

Capstone Advisor

Prof. Suzanne Lysak

Honors Reader

Prof. William DiCosimo

Capstone Major

Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component



live music

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Audio Arts and Acoustics


This project explores the surprisingly thriving music culture in Syracuse, NY. In my years here, I have heard many students complain about the city and express that it has little to offer. My own experience contradicts that idea. I’ve found a thriving cultural community here, especially within the realm of live music. I was surprised to find such a thriving music scene when I had heard so many negative things about the city of Syracuse, so I decided to explore the paradox of Syracuse’s reputation versus the reality. I entered into the Syracuse music scene with a camera in hand to find out how and why the community is thriving when the city itself is not. Through a series of interviews and moments caught on camera, I found that the people behind the music scene are what keep it alive. Despite the weather and the location of the city, the people involved in the local music scene are committed to its excellence. I found three key elements that keep the music thriving: special initiatives designed to help local artists, an awards ceremony specifically recognizing talent in Syracuse, and incredible venues that allow for music to be heard. These parts come together to create an incredible music scene within an underrated and underestimated city.

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