Symphony Orchestra

New Audition Information Available!


Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra Seminario! Concert

About the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra is comprised of the finest string, wind, brass, and percussion students at Sonoma State and of musicians from the broader Sonoma County community. Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Kahn, the Symphony Orchestra performs a diverse array of orchestral literature, ranging from the Baroque period to world premieres and from classical repertoire to film, opera, and educational works. Student compositions are chosen through an annual composition competition. Soloists are regularly featured, including guest artists, faculty soloists, and student soloists chosen through the annual concerto competition. In addition to performing four concerts each year in the beautiful confines of Weill Hall, the Symphony Orchestra performs regularly on tour throughout California and beyond. 

Membership is through audition only and is open to all students regardless of major as well as community members. Auditions are held during the first week of each semester. For more information regarding Fall 2020 auditions, please email Dr. Kahn 

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra is generously funded through the Department of Music at Sonoma State University. However, donations are gratefully received to support our various initiatives, including our annual Concerto Competition, Composition Competition, Family Concert series, and our Lesson Scholarship Fund for Non-Majors. Please consider making a gift to support us! For more information please contact Dr. Alexander Kahn and/or Stephen Arneson, Director of Development for the School of Arts and Humanities.

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra

Proudly announces its
2019-2020 Concert Season 

(all repertoire subject to change)

Saturday, Sept 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Season Opener: Back to Bach

Bach, Concerto for Two Violins (Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, violin soloists)
Brahms Fugue, WoO 9 in A minor
Elgar String Quartet in E minor
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5, “Reformation"

Saturday, Nov 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
American Voices

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (Nick Maritz, soloist and 2019 Concerto Competition Winner)
Tower, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2 p.m. 
Family concert: North, South, East, and West 

Sibelius, Finlandia 
Arturo Marquez Danzon No. 2 
Garden of Dreams,
 featuring Musicians from the Ali Akbar College of Music 
Copland, Rodeo (excerpts)
World premiere TBD (Composition contest winner)

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 7:30pm
Season Finale: Brahms & Beethoven - CANCELLED

Brahms, Double Concerto for violin and cello (featuring Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 

Instruments are available to students who pay a $20 refundable deposit at Seawolf Services. For additional information please contact Dr. Alexander Kahn, Director of Orchestral Studies.


Orchestra In The News

April 2, 2019
February 26, 2019
October 3, 2016
Inaugural Concert Promotion Video
September 8, 2016
September 15, 2015