New Horizons Band Camp at Sonoma State University - JUNE 5 - 10, 2017

The Department of Music at Sonoma State University is proud to host the New Horizons Adult Music Camp on the campus of Sonoma State University in the heart of Northern Cailfornia's world famous wine country from Monday, June 5, through Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The camp will feature intermediate- and advanced-level ensembles and workshops led by popular New Horizons directors from around the country.

From a world-class concert venue and rehearsal halls to exceptional lodgings looking out on the breathtaking Sonoma County countryside, Sonoma State University is the perfect location for making music with friends.

A bus excursion to the nearby coastal redwood forest and a behind-the-scenes tour of a Sonoma County winery will be arranged for camp participants and guests who wish to explore the region together. Sonoma State Univeristy and its surrounds are a great place to visit and make music.


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Brian Wilson (Camp Director) Chair of the Department of Music at Sonoma State University

Composer/conductor Brian Scott Wilson is a native of Lynn, MA, and a graduate of New England Conservatory (B.M.), the University of Chicago (M.A.) and the University of Arizona (D.M.A.). His teachers include Malcolm Peyton, Edward Diamente, Dan Asia, Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran. Wilson is Chair of the Department of Music at Sonoma State University. Finding inspiration in the music of Stravin- sky, Mingus and Varese, Wilson’s eclectic style is a masterful blend of classic and jazz idioms that feels simultaneously familiar and new. Wilson's jazz-inflected harmonies are as evident as they are whimsical. His deep spirituality finds expression in ways that are both obvious and unexpected.

Roy Ernst (Guest Director)

Roy Ernst, professor emeritus, taught at Eastman School of Music for 25 years and chaired the music education department for 12 years. In 1991, Dr. Ernst started the first New Horizons Band at Eastman for the purpose of creating a model program emphasizing entry and reentry points to music making for older adults. Later, he became the founding director of the New Horizons Music Project, funded by the National Association of Music Merchants and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers. In that capacity, he used the New Horizons Band as a model to assist in starting more than 60 similar programs in the United States and Canada.

Other esteemed NHB Directors

Sue Steiger - Director, Cascade Horizon Band

Sue Steiger graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Music Degree. She completed graduate work at California State University, Long Beach, California State University at Los Angeles, Lewis, and Clark College and Portland State University. With a career spanning 33 years, Sue began her teaching career in 1979 in East Los Angeles. She retired in 2012 from the Bend-La Pine, Oregon School District after 27 years. Sue is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, Oregon Music Educators Association and the New Horizon Band Association. In 2008 she received the Rotary award for Excellence in Education.
Sue has performed with the Cascade Festival of Music, Sunriver Music Festival, and the Central Oregon Symphony. Currently she is performing in the Cascade Winds. She has been the host conductor of the New Horizon Band Camp in Bend and guest conductor at the 2005 and 2008 band camps in Olympia, Washington. As director of the Cascade Horizon Band since its inception in January 2003, Sue has brought the band from exercises in beginning and intermediate band books to a high school/college level repertoire. Well loved by band members, Sue’s good humor and ability to raise a band or wide-ranging abilities up to concert performance level is remarkable.

Glenn Shull - Director, New Horizons Band of Northern Colorado

Glenn Shull, Director of the New Horizons Band of Northern Colorado, taught music for 35 years in Northern Colorado from elementary through the university level. He also directs the Foothills Pops Band, the Studebaker Band, and dance bands. Glenn was the Colorado Jazz educator of the year in 1993 and is in the Colorado music hall of fame.

Robert (Rob) Rodine - Executive Director, New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs

"Rob Rodine graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1980. He received his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction 2002 from Colorado Christian University. His teaching career started in 1980 and he has taught all levels of band and orchestra in both public and private schools. He is currently teaches half-time Orchestra at Holmes Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rob is a member of National Association of Music Educators, Colorado Music Education Association, and Phi Beta Mu fraternity. Rob still loves to perform and plays bass clarinet and baritone sax in many local bands, jazz bands and orchestras. Rob recently took over the leadership of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs from Mr. Edward Nuccio, the founder the organization in 2002. Ed was Rob’s junior high band director, mentor and friend. Like many other New Horizons Bands, NHBCOS started very small and has grown to 4 bands, a jazz band, and an orchestra. Sadly, Mr. Nuccio passed away in April of 2016."

Beth Ann Turner

Beth Ann Turner is delighted to be a part of New Horizons Band Camp at Sonoma State University, where she is a lecturer in the department of music. She holds a B.A. in music from Sonoma State University, a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and an Ed.D. (ABD) in learning and instruction from the University of San Francisco. Since 1995, Ms. Turner has directed professional, educational, and community ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, with musicians aged 4- 94.

Nick Pulley

Nick Pulley is an educator and tuba player based out of Santa Rosa, CA. A Sonoma County native, Nick earned is B.A. in Music Education from Sonoma State University in 2008, and his teaching credential the following year. He has been teaching classroom and instrumental music at Gravenstein Elementary and Hillcrest Middle schools in Sebastopol, CA for the past 6 years, and has previously taught at Petaluma High School and Sonoma State University. Nick is also a founding member of trad jazz band The Dixie Giants, who have released 3 albums and shared the stage with acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, and more. In his free time, Nick is often watching his favorite hockey team, the San Jose Sharks.




Registration opens October 1, 2016

The Deadline to register is April 1, 2017

Cancellations and refunds
We will make every effort to refund your deposit in the event that you must cancel,

however please note that refunds are not guaranteed after April 1, 2017 unless your place in the camp can be filled.

$925 Resident Participant registration fee includes:

camp tuition
parking pass
suite style lodging in Beaujolais Village
3 meals in the SSU Kitchens

$605 Commuter Participant registration fee includes:

camp tuition
parking pass
two meals per day (lunch and dinner)
  • * Non-Participant Guests may register for lodging and meals for $640 (residential) or $320 (commuter)
    * There will be an additional fee for the Coastal Redwoods and Wine Tour excursions, amount dependent on number of participants.


If you need help printing the registration form, please send us an email at: with your contact info and we'll get back you.

To register for the camp, please print the registration form, complete all the requested information and return the completed form with your check (make checks payable to "Sonoma State Univeristy" and in the memo write "Music Department" to:

Jason Wilson, Production Coordinator

Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
ATTN: New Horizons Summer Camp

We will send you an email confirming receipt of your reservation and confirming the classes you are scheduled for. We will make every effort to give you your first choices, however, some positions are limited so register as early as possible and please provide a second choice for each time slot. Registration questions? send an email to:

* * * FEES * * *

Participant Fees

Residential (suite style lodging and 3 meals/day) $925
Commuter (lunch and dinner only) $605
            *parking permits included in fees

Non-Participant Guest Fees

Residential (suite style lodging and 3 meals/day) $640
Commuter (lunch and dinner only) $320
            *parking permits included fees

Extra night lodging ~ meals not included $85

Members of New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) receive a $30 discount from the registration fee. Instructions and application for membership are found at:


Residential participants and guests will be housed in the Beaujolais Village. All bedrooms are single occupancy with a private bath.
Sonoma State University Housing

* * * MEALS * * *

Meals will be served in The Kitchens - the Sonoma Culinary Services Dining Hall. Coffee and pastries will be served at the Green Music Center during rehearsal breaks.
Sonoma State University Meals

Excursion Fees

Armstrong Redwoods, Bodega Bay and Dry Creek Valley Wineries fees will be determined by the number of participants.


* * * * * CAMP SCHEDULE * * * * * June 5 – June 10, 2017 (subject to change)

Monday, June 5th

2:30-5:00 Camp Registration 5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:30-8:00 Introductions and Concert Band Rehearsal

Daily (June 6-9)

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Concert Bands

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Sectionals

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Ensembles

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:15 Ensembles

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Ensembles

5:00-6:00 Dinner

6:30-8:00 Concert Bands


1:00-5:00 Excursions and Free Time


6:30pm Ensembles Concert

Saturday, June 10

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

10:00 Concert in Weill Hall

12:00-1:00 Lunch Camp ends after lunch

Concert tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets online.


* * * * * CAMP OFFERINGS * * * * *

(subject to change)

Main Ensembles

Advanced Concert Band - Full concert band playing level 3-4 music
Intermediate Concert Band - Full concert band playing level 2-3 music
Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion sectionals

The More the Merrier Ensembles

(all levels welcome)
Jazz Big Band
Dixieland Band
Woodwind Chamber Music Brass Chamber Music Choir

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SSU Maps


Nearby Airports:
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport San Francisco International Airport Oakland International Airport

Off-Campus Lodging:

prices will likely be significantly higher than on campus packages.

Best Western Inn
6500 Redwood Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Doubletree by Hilton One Doubletree Drive Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Hampton Inn and Suites 6248 Redwood Drive Rohnert Park, CA 94928

KOA Campground
20 Rainsville Road Petaluma, CA 94952


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