Talented and technically accomplished instrumentalists who aspire to a career in music should consider this program area. Graduates may reach goals as symphony musicians, private teachers, concert soloists, or band and orchestra conductors. Many go on to graduate school for further preparation.
Each student concentrates on developing performance skills on a selected brass, percussion, string, or woodwind instrument with assistance from faculty who have proven themselves as teachers and performing musicians. The curriculum emphasizes improvement, tone, musicianship, and technical mastery of the instrument.
During their last semester, students present a public recital, culminating their years of training at the Department of Music.
Performing ensembles are an important aspect of musical study in the Sonoma State University Music Department. Undergraduate majors must participate in ensembles each semester.
The Trio Navarro, in residence, provides a model of excellence in performance and the teaching of chamber music.
Sonoma County is home to the Santa Rosa Symphony and other professional ensembles. The area offers students numerous ensemble and solo performance opportunities. In addition to ensembles, a weekly forum provides majors with informal performance opportunities. This time is also used for master classes and performances by the faculty and guest artists.
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