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PROSPECTIVE MUSIC STUDENTS!

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 8, 2014
  • January 17, 2015 
  • March 28, 2015 
  • April 11, 2015

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

 

Music News


Schroeder Hall To Open on August 23

Schroeder Hall Set For Grand Opening Weekend

The public is invited to a new kind of musical experience at Sonoma State University when the doors of Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center open to the public on August 23. Complementing the airy grandeur of Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, Schroeder’s intimate, 250-seat interior will bring every musical vibration and overtone into relief.

Two days of nonstop celebration will include performances by jazz pianist David Benoit, the musical heir to original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi; classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane, conductor laureate of Santa Rosa Symphony and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; and Ruth Ann Swenson, Metropolitan Opera soprano and SSU voice instructor.

Guest organists will perform on the hall’s centerpiece Brombaugh Organ including James David Christie, organist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Oberlin Conservatory; and Julian Wachner, director of music at New York’s historic Trinity Wall Street church.

Music students will be featured in several performances in collaboration with studio faculty members. Additional artists include the Music Department chamber artists in residence Trio Navarro; Weill Hall artists in residence Trio Ariadne; and the Sonoma Bach Choir.

And a new work will receive its premiere – “Stood the Seraphim” for organ and brass choir by composer and Music Department chair Brian S. Wilson.

Tickets are free but required for admission. Ticketing details and a complete schedule will be released in July.

Schroeder Hall was named by philanthropist Jean Schulz after the beloved piano-playing character from the Peanuts cartoon created by her late husband, Charles Schulz. Schroeder Hall is located next to Music Education Hall on the southern end of the Green Music Center complex. Parking is available in Lots O, L, M, and N. Map.

 

Music Department Announces New Ticketing Policy

Ticket prices for concerts presented by the Department of Music beginning on September 1st will be $8 with parking included.

The across-the-board pricing reflects a streamlined approach that represents both a price reduction from last year’s General and Senior rates, and includes parking on all ticketed events. As always, all SSU students are admitted to concerts without charge by showing their university ID.
 
The new rate will apply to nearly every music department concert. Special events, including Schroeder Hall Grand Opening; Trio Ariadne and the Oct. 22 USAF Band of the Golden West concert, will require a ticket for admission: the ticket is free and parking is included.

Festivals including the Choral Festival, Jazz Day, Wind Band Festival and CMEA Festivals as as well as lecture/demonstrations in Jazz Forum class will not be ticketed, and parking charges are paid by the patron.

(T)      Ticketed; $8; parking included
(TBF) Ticketed: free; parking included
(N)      No ticket for admission; patron pays parking

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Featured Events


William Kanengiser To Perform on October 10

Music Department Announces Schroeder Concert Series

The acoustics of Schroeder Hall will get a thorough workout during the upcoming year with nearly a dozen Music Department faculty and guest artist recitals and thirty student ensemble concerts planned, not to mention the Green Music Center’s “Sundays at Schroeder” series.

The department will continue to use Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall for its large ensemble concerts, including Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Concert Jazz Ensembles and Symphonic Chorus.

2014-15 Schroeder Hall Artist Series

Laxmi G. Tewari, Hindustani Vocalist, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
William Kanengiser, Classical Guitarist, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Trio Navarro, Chamber Artists in Residence, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Sonoma Musica Viva, Agamemnon, concert version, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Trio Ariadne and Friends, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Trio Navarro, Chamber Artists in Residence, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.
Trio Ariadne, Cello and Piano Recital, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
Classical Guitar Guest Artist, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Wind Power Faculty Recital, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Composers Concert, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Trio Navarro, Chamber Artists in Residence, March 29 at 2 p.m.

Concert details will be released in July and tickets will be available for purchase in August.

Details on "Sundays at Schroeder." Request a copy of the Music Department concert schedule.

 

Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence To Return For Second Year

By popular demand the Trio Ariadne will return for its second year as musical liaisons between the Department of Music, Office of Residential Life and the Green Music Center.

Trio Ariadne will perform recitals on September 4 and April 25. Members of the trio – Carol McGonnell, clarinet; Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello; and Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano – will participate in three more concerts during the year.

The performances, like last year’s, will be ticketed but free, with parking included. Stay tuned for details.