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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

Latin Band and Jazz Orchestra pair up on March 8 in Weill Hall

30 Ensembles Register for Sonoma Band and Orchestra Festival

Thirty high school ensembles are slated for free public performances all day March 9 and 10 at the fifth annual Sonoma Invitational Band and Orchestra Festival, hosted by Director of Music Education and Bands Andy Collinsworth. Oboist Laura Reynolds will perform the Hidas Oboe Concerto at 1:45 on both days with the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Click here for festival schedule.

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

To get tickets online, use promo code SSUStudent.



Jazz Forum schedule here


Featured Events

Ben Allison and Think Free in residence March 1-3

New Music Concert Includes Premiere, Guest Artists

Guest composers Ben Allison and John Mayrose will bring elements of jazz and electronic music to the Faculty Composers Concert on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 pm in Schroeder Hall. And Bay Area musicians Kristie Janczyk and Matthew Vincent will premiere a Violin Sonatina by Brian S. Wilson. Click here to read more.

Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students.

Jazz Combo Concert Features Think Free

SSU's Post-Modern and Cool Jazz Ensembles led by Kasey Knudsen and Ken Cook perform in Schroeder Hall on March 3. The 7:30 pm concert features composer and bassist Ben Allison and his New York-based ensemble, Think Free, which includes Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Steve Cardenas, guitar; and Allan Mednard, drums.

Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students.


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