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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

President Judy Sakaki

President Judy Sakaki Is Featured With Symphonic Wind Ensemble

We invite you to join us for an evening of musical collaborations. The SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Andy Collinsworth will present Sonoma State President Judy Sakaki as guest narrator in Aaron Copland’s iconic Lincoln Portrait. The program will also include the Chabot Wind Symphony under the direction of Timothy Harris. Full story.

The concert date is Friday, October 14, at 7:30 PM in Weill Hall. Tickets are $8 and free to SSU Students. Purchase online tickets here.Use promo codes SSUStudent (students) and SSUFacStaff (faculty and staff).

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

To get tickets online, use promo code SSUStudent.



Meet the Director of the Walford Recording Studio

Composer, percussionist and music technologist Dr. Thomas Limbert joins the faculty as Director of the Walford Recording Studio and Composition Program. Dr. Limbert comes with a wealth of training and experience in teaching music technology, composition and world music. He is a seasoned performer on percussion with Pulsoptional, a composer's collective based in Durham, NC. Dr. Limbert, who previously taught at Indiana University South Bend, joins the full time music faculty as Assistant Professor of Music.


Jazz Forum schedule here


Featured Events

Members of the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Week V

Come out and support the Jazz Studies program as it presents the fifth annual Jazz Week from October 11-13.

Performances will include the SSU Duke Ellington Ensemble, Latin Band, Bebop Ensemble, the SSU Jazz Orchestra and the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble with an appearance by the Drake High School Jazz Band.

Single tickets are $8 and free to SSU students. For $15 you can buy one ticket good for the whole week. Proceeds go to the Mel Graves Jazz Fund.

Info: 664-2324 or email

Jewish Music Series Enters Season 2

The Jewish Studies program and Department of Music will present the second annual Jewish Music Series from Sep. 1- Dec. 1 in Schroeder Hall. Admission is free. Unless noted, performances begin at 6:30 pm. Info: (707) 664-2324

Sep. 1 Eliyahu Sills & Qadim Ensemble - Middle Eastern/Mizrachi/Sephardic

Sep. 15 Frank London, trumpet (Klezmatics) with Glenn Hartman, accordion & poet Jake Marmer (5:30 pm)

Sep. 29 Ben Goldberg, clarinet & Invisible Guy trio - The Origins of Radical Jewish Culture

Nov. 3 Jeanette Lewicki & the gonifs - Yiddish/Klezmer

Nov. 17 Stephen Saxon, Cantorial solosit

Dec. 1 Anthony Russell, vocalist & Veretski Pass - Spirituals from the Shtetl, Davening from the Delta

Details and admission info.


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