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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.

  • Saturday, November 7, 2015
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016

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. 15, 2015  4th Annual Jazz Day  
  • Nov. 6, 2015 14th Annual Choral Festival
  • Mar. 23-24, 2016 4th Annual Wind Band Festival  

Music News

Dr. Alexander Kahn will lead the university's Symphony Orchestra next fall

Symphony Orchestra to Become a Reality

The fledgling string orchestra at Sonoma State will soon become a full symphony with the hiring of a full-time director of orchestral studies. Dr. Alexander Kahn, currently at Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory of Music, has been appointed Associate Professor of Music. When he arrives in August, in addition to expanding the size of the orchestra to include winds, brass and percussion, Kahn will teach classes in conducting and work with the Freshman Learning Community.

The string orchestra that the music department started several years ago has grown under the leadership of cello instructor Judiyaba. “The need for a full-time director was there,” said department chair Brian Wilson. “When the university approved the tenure-track hire, we immediately began a nationwide search.”

As both a wind (French horn) and string (violin) player, Kahn is well versed in all aspects of orchestral music from small chamber groups to large groups, from classical to current trends. “Alex wowed the students by his attention to detail, and the fact that he has a great sense of humor,” Wilson said. Full story here.



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Featured Events

Andy Collinsworth conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on May 14

University, JC Wind Bands Collaborate

In the closing concert for spring semester, the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and SRJC Symphonic Band will join forces for an evening of classic and new music. Join us on May 14 at 7:30 pm in Weill Hall. Details here.


Department of Music Spring Season
At A Glance

Schroeder Hall

Instrumental Repertory Recital—May 5, 7:30 pm
Instrumental Repertory Recital—May 6, 2 pm
Musical Theatre Scenes—May 7, 7:30 pm
Musical Theatre Scenes—May 9, 2 pm
Vocal Repertory Recital—May 12, 7:30 pm

Weill Hall

Vocal Repertory Recital—May 13, 2 pm
Symphonic Wind Ensemble—May 14, 7:30 pm

Except when otherwise noted, tickets are $8 for all seats and available online, by phone or in person. For information call the university box office at 707-664-4246 or email

Click on Concert Calendar (above) for details. Click here for a printable version of our 14-15 Calendar of Events.