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Music Department


The department is housed in the Green Music Center and Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

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 9, 2013
  • January 18, 2014 
  • March 29, 2014 
  • April 12, 2014

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

Close to San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, SSU’s NASM-accredited music program is housed in the 105,435-square-foot Green Music Center.

SSU offers generous scholarships and performance opportunities in instrumental, choral, jazz, and music theatre. Students are automatially considered for a music scholarship when they audition.

Sonoma State has been named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country by Thebestcolleges.org. Ranking number 34 out of 50, SSU outranked prestigious universities as the University of San Diego and UC Santa Cruz in terms of campus setting.

One of the most requested campuses in the CSU system and regularly named a “Best Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report. SSU has also been named one of the “most wired” campuses in the nation by Forbes magazine. It is the only California university invited to be a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the prestigious group of 25 universities and colleges across the nation committed to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education to their students.

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Music News


SSU Chorus and Chamber Singers perform Bob Chilcott's Requiem on April 26

Choral Concert to Feature Chilcott Requiem, Chichester Psalms

The SSU Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers are in the final rehearsals for Saturday's 2 PM concert in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall under the direction of Jenny Bent. The program will feature Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, movements from Brahms' New Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Introit & Kyrie, Pie Jesu and Sanctus from Bob Chilcott's Requiem.

Vocal soloists include Michael Morales, Jennifer Thuman, Talia Trozzo, Christopher Trujillo, Rodrigo Castillo (Bernstein); Allison Spencer, Talia Trozzo, Rodrigo Castillo, Nora Griffin (Brahms). Jennifer Thuman and Christopher Trujillo will return to solo in the Chilcott Requiem.

Tickets are $15 (parking included) with discounts for seniors and university employees. SSU students are free with ID.

Music Department Unveils Weill Hall Spring Concert Series

A spectacular lineup of resident and visiting artists will give Weill Hall an acoustical test drive performing music for classic and avant-garde chamber ensembles, classical guitar, jazz-based selections for virtuoso trumpet and more.

The Sonoma State University Department of Music's faculty recital series runs from February 4 to April 19, closing with the university’s flagship ensembles April 24-26. Tickets are $15, parking included, with discounts for seniors and students.

For ticketing questions call the university box office at 707-664-4246. To see the complete spring schedule click here.

Save time and money, purchase tickets online. Single ticket prices are $15 general; $12 faculty, alumni and staff; $10 seniors and non-SSU students. All events are free to SSU students with ID.

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Featured Events


SSU Brass Ensemble shares the stage with String Orchestra on April 22

Take a Break, Feed Your Soul

Putting heart and soul into every performance is a distinguishing feature of every working musician - from student-level to pro. Take a break from your end-of-semester craziness and enjoy some free, live music! Coming up - Percussion Ensemble (4/17); String Orchestra and Brass Ensemble (4/22); Instrumental Repertory Recital (4/23); and Concert Jazz Ensembles (4/26). For the schedule click here and scroll to FREE CONCERT SERIES.

Major Ensembles Bring Spring Subscription Series to a Close

The university's major performing ensembles for Jazz, Wind Ensemble and Chorus will be in Weill Hall April 24-26 for three back-to-back concerts. Bringing together 140 musicians and five conductors, the concerts will feature Big Band and Latin jazz, Russian music for wind band and a contemporary setting of the ancient Requiem mass. Click here for details and ticket links.

Jazz Forum Announces Spring Guests

Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger has released the Jazz Forum guest roster which includes Tower of Power founding member Mic Gillette and SSU alum and bassist of the Gerald Wilson Orchestra Reggie Carson. Find the full schedule here.