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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 5, 2016
  • January 14, 2017
  • April 1, 2017

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. 13, 2016  5th Annual Jazz Day  
  • Nov. 4, 2016 15th Annual Choral Festival
  • Jan. 27-28, 2017 Sonoma County Honor Band
  • Feb. 2-4, 2017 Nor-Cal Honor Band and Choir Festival
  • Mar. 9-10, 2017 5th Annual Wind Band & Orchestra Festival  

Music News

Keith Brion, founder of the New Sousa Band, guest conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on May 13.

World Renowned Bandmaster Keith Brion Conducts SSU Band

The acclaimed leader of the New Sousa Band, Keith Brion, will lead the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a rarely performed Sousa march on May 13 at 7:30 pm in Weill Hall. Full story.

Jazz Orchestra to Unveil "Dream Catcher"

Two jazz ensembles take the stage of Weill Hall on May 11 for a night of classic and new pieces for jazz big band. The 7:30 pm concert features the Santa Rosa Junior College Jazz Band led by Jerome Fleg, and the SSU Jazz Orchestra led by Doug Leibinger. The Jazz Orchestra will give the world premiere of Dream Catcher by SSU alumni Alison Poteracke. Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students.


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


From Sonoma to Reno

Seven music majors were selected to play in the Intercollegiate Band at the Western/Northwestern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association that recently took place at the University of Reno, NV. Story here


Featured Events

Music Theatre Scenes Workshop presents "Let's Get Real" on May 12

"Let's Get Real"

The Music Theatre Scenes Workshop presents a student-created show, "Let's Get Real," set as a cast party in New York after an Off-Broadway show. Enjoy the all-too-real recanting of each actor's personal hardships and what brought them to theatre. "A lot of parent issues... (ha!)," says director Lynne Morrow. This Thursday at 7:30 pm in Schroeder Hall. Tickets are free to SSU students and $8 for everybody else.


Meet Our New Studio Instructors in Viola, Double Bass and Organ



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