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Audition Days

Once you have applied to the university you can schedule an Audition to become a Music Major on one of the Department of Music Audition Days.

  • November 4, 2017
  • January 13, 2018
  • March 10, 2018

Read all about it on our Apply - Become an SSU Music Major page.


As a fully invested partner in music education, the department’s outreach initiatives, festivals and invitationals annually bring 2,500 secondary school students, teachers and guests to the campus.

  • Oct. 12, 2017  6th Annual Jazz Day  
  • Nov. 3, 2017 16th Annual Choral Festival
  • Jan. 19-20, 2018 Sonoma County Honor Band
  • Mar. 7-9, 2018 6th Annual Wind Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Mar. 21-24, 2018 College Band Directors Association  

Music News

Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers in concert April 29


Choral Concert – a Study in Contrasts

The University choirs, led by Jenny Bent, will present Daniel Pinkham’s joyful Wedding Cantata and Ola Gjeilo’s setting of Dark Night Of The Soul, a poem about the soul’s journey in the afterlife, on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm in Schroeder Hall. Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students.

Wind Band and Orchestra Festival Accepting Applications

Now in its sixth year, the Sonoma Invitational Wind Band & Orchestra Festival, March 7-9, 2018, is one of the Music Department’s signature educational outreach events that will feature over 40 high school ensembles from throughout California. Click here for more information and application form.



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Music Department Concerts Are Always FREE to SSU Students With ID.

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Featured Events

Baritone Zachary Gordin performs with pianist Bryan Nies on April 27


Baritone Zachary Gordin in Recital

Voice instructor Zachary Gordin joins forces with pianist/conductor Bryan Nies in a concert featuring songs by Venezuelan/French composer Reynaldo Hahn on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 pm in Schroeder Hall. Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students. Read on for program details and biographies.


Concerto Competition Winners Announced

Head judge Alexander Kahn reports the results of the SSU Orchestra Concerto Competition: And the winners are:

Jamelia Brown, soprano. R. Strauss: “Zueignung,” “Die Nacht,” and “Allerseelen,” from Acht Gedichte aus “Letzte Blätter,Op. 10 and “Cäcilie,” from Vier Lieder,Op. 27, No. 2    

Spencer Causey, horn. Mozart: Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Orchestra, K. 417

The judges agreed that all five performances were outstanding and want to congratulate and thank everyone for participating!