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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.

  • Saturday, November 7, 2015
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016

Read all about it on our Apply - Become an SSU Music Major page.

 

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Dr. Alexander Kahn will lead the university's Symphony Orchestra next fall

Symphony Orchestra to Become a Reality

The fledgling string orchestra at Sonoma State will soon become a full symphony with the hiring of a full-time director of orchestral studies. Dr. Alexander Kahn, currently at Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory of Music, has been appointed Associate Professor of Music. When he arrives in August, in addition to expanding the size of the orchestra to include winds, brass and percussion, Kahn will teach classes in conducting and work with the Freshman Learning Community.

The string orchestra that the music department started several years ago has grown under the leadership of cello instructor Judiyaba. “The need for a full-time director was there,” said department chair Brian Wilson. “When the university approved the tenure-track hire, we immediately began a nationwide search.”

As both a wind (French horn) and string (violin) player, Kahn is well versed in all aspects of orchestral music from small chamber groups to large groups, from classical to current trends. “Alex wowed the students by his attention to detail, and the fact that he has a great sense of humor,” Wilson said. Full story here.

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Jazz/Fusion Bassoonist Paul Hanson performs Sep 2 in Schroeder Hall

Jazz Forum Lineup Announced

Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger has released the fall lineup for the Jazz Forum, an open master class held each Wednesday at 1 pm in GMC 1029. Starting with jazz/fusion bassoonist Paul Hanson on 9/2, the roster of distinguished composers, performers and teachers includes Darren Johnston, Don Wilensky, Dmitri Matheny, Noel Jewkes, Rob Roth, Anton Schwartz and the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Full details here.

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Festivals

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. 15, 2015  4th Annual Jazz Day  
  • Nov. 6, 2015 14th Annual Choral Festival
  • Mar. 23-24, 2016 4th Annual Wind Band Festival