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The department is housed in the Green Music Center and Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

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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 8, 2014
  • January 17, 2015 
  • March 28, 2015 
  • April 11, 2015

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


Music News

Legendary Saxophonist Lee Konitz Plays in Weill Hall with the Jeff Denson Trio on October 15

Jeff Denson Trio, Lee Konitz Highlight Jazz Week

Residency includes Forum, Concert

The Sonoma State University Department of Music at the Green Music Center will host legendary jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz in two appearances with the Jeff Denson Trio on Wednesday, October 15 — at the 1 p.m. Jazz Forum and in concert at 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place in Weill Hall.

After more than a decade as a co-leader of the internationally acclaimed trio Minsarah, bassist Jeff Denson is forging into new territory with his trio that features Joshua White on piano and Jon Arkin on drums. Jeff has performed with Lee Konitz since 2007 and has been a member of Lee Konitz New Quartet, the only permanent group that the eminent saxophonist has ever led.  

The forum is free of charge and the evening concert is $8. Tickets are on sale at the SSU Student Center or online.

For more information call (707) 664-2324 or email


Music Department Announces New Ticketing Policy

Ticket prices for concerts presented by the Department of Music beginning on September 1st will be $8 with parking included.

The across-the-board pricing reflects a streamlined approach that represents both a price reduction from last year’s General and Senior rates, and includes parking on all ticketed events. As always, all SSU students are admitted to concerts without charge by showing their university ID.
The new rate will apply to nearly every music department concert. Special events, including Schroeder Hall Grand Opening; Trio Ariadne and the Oct. 22 USAF Band of the Golden West concert, will require a ticket for admission: the ticket is free and parking is included.

Festivals including the Choral Festival, Jazz Day, Wind Band Festival and CMEA Festivals as as well as lecture/demonstrations in Jazz Forum class will not be ticketed, and parking charges are paid by the patron.

(T)      Ticketed; $8; parking included
(TBF) Ticketed: free; parking included
(N)      No ticket for admission; patron pays parking


Featured Events

William Kanengiser To Perform on October 10

Trio Ariadne To Launch New Season

Get ready for an outstanding free concert of works by Bach, Bruch and Corigliano next Thursday (9/4) as Trio Ariadne returns for their second year as Weill Hall artists in residence.  

Trio Ariadne
Thursday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

JS Bach: Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello
Corigliano: Etude Fantasy for Piano, Left Hand
Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

The trio’s 14-15 season highlights include an appearance on the Green Music Center’s Sundays at Schroeder series (3/1) and collaborative performances with students and guest artists. Details to come!

The Box Office Is Open!

Tickets are on sale now for all Department of Music Fall semester concerts. Nineteen concerts will take place in the newly opened Schroeder Recital Hall. Our larger ensembles will present 12 performances in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. All tickets are $8, which includes parking. Click here to see the full lineup.

Schroeder Hall Faculty & Guest Artist Series

Oct. 4 Laxmi G. Tewari, Hindustani Vocalist, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 William Kanengiser, Classical Guitarist, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 Trio Navarro, Chamber Artists in Residence, 2 p.m.
Nov. 14 Sonoma Musica Viva, Agamemnon, concert version, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 Trio Ariadne and Friends, 7:30 p.m.

Click here for a printable version of our 14-15 Calendar of Events.

Details on the Green Music Center's "Sundays at Schroeder" series.