As a fully invested partner in music education, the music department hosts numerous high school music festivals each year, and music faculty members are in demand as conductors, clinicians and performers.



· Nov. 6, 2015 – Director of Choral Activities Jenny Bent will host the 14th Annual High School Choral Festival. Four hundred high school choristers from Sonoma and Marin counties perform before guest adjudicators. Guest clinicians to be announced.



In other festival news...

The CMEA North Region Choral Festival will take place at Sonoma State on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2016.



· Oct. 15, 2015 - Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger will host the 4th annual Sonoma State Jazz Day on Thursday, October 15. Invited high school jazz players from throughout the North Bay will perform for and interact with members of the SSU Jazz faculty in Weill Hall. Family and friends are welcome to stay and listen. The Faculty Jazz Ensemble co-led by Doug Leibinger and George Marsh performs the following evening at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall. Proceeds go to the Mel Graves Jazz Fund.

The CMEA North Region Jazz Festival will take place at Sonoma State on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Wind Band


· March 23-24, 2016 – The 4th annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival is slated for Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24, 2016. Guest soloist and adjudicators will be announced. The festival is hosted by Director of Bands and Music Education Andy Collinsworth.


The CMEA North Region Solo & Ensemble Festival will take place at Sonoma State on Saturday, March 12, 2016.