University Wind Ensembles

Whether you are an aspiring performer, music educator, or simply looking to continue playing your instrument in a large ensemble, the primary goal of all of our performing ensembles is strive for the highest performance standards while maintaining a welcoming environment. No matter what your experience level, we have an ensemble for you.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is one of the premier large instrumental ensembles at the university. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble embraces a diverse array of wind band literature, ranging from classic works of the core repertoire to the works of today’s contemporary composers. Through practice and performance, students in the ensemble are engaged through a variety of rehearsal strategies and expressive possibilities.
Membership in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is open to all University students, regardless of major. The group regularly performs four to six concerts on campus during the year, and has performed on tour throughout California. Auditions for part assignments are held at the beginning of each semester. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 4:50 pm in room 1028 in the Green Music Center.

Listen to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble perform…

Esprit de Corps by Robert Jager

<a href="../audio/esprit_de_corps.mp4">Esprit de Corps</a>

Chorale Prelude: Oh Gott, du Frommer Gott by Johannes Brahms


For additional information please contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands.

Chamber Wind Ensembles

The Chamber Wind Ensemble is comprised of select members from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Students in this one-on-a-part group work in a collaborative environment with the conductor to create a unique chamber music musical experience. The ensemble maintains a flexible instrumentation to accommodate the needs of a diverse repertoire. Membership is open to all University students, regardless of major. The group performs two to four concerts on campus during the year. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 5:00-6:40 pm in room 1028 in the Green Music Center.  
For additional information please contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands.

At Sonoma State University we recognize that music is an integral part of your life. These additional Instrumental Ensembles offer student-musicians opportunities stimulate their musical growth.