Choral & Vocal Season

Welcome to the Spring 2020 season of concerts for the voice. Here you will find student and faculty voice recitals, choral concerts, music theatre and opera productions. The vocal program is led by Jenny Bent, Director of Choral Activities, and Lynne Morrow, Director of Opera and Music Theatre.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Three actors dressed in period costumes in a vertical line

Candide 2/6/20–2/16/20

Evert B. Person Theatre

Is this the best of all possible worlds? Follow our hero as he tries to find out in this classic musical.

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Music Direction by Lynne Morrow

Stage Direction by Doyle Ott

Produced by The Department of Music

Candide is in love with Cunegonde, daughter of the house in Westphalia where he has been brought up. Dr. Pangloss, their tutor, teaches them that everything in this world is for the best, part of God's universal plan. Candide is then subjected to a knockabout series of disasters to test this theory....View Event Details

Friday, March 13, 2020

Girl standing in front of piano to sing

Vocal Repertoire Recital - CANCELED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

This show has been canceled. Please plan on attending our other 2020 Songs vocal performances in May!

Voice Students at Sonoma State University present a wide variety of art songs, arias, and music theatre selections in their Midterm Recital. This is the first of a series of spring performances - 2020 Songs - in which SSU voice students will examine the work of women composers and lyricists in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in the U.S.View Event Details

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A piano on the stage, surrounded by a beautiful and empty concert hall is ready for the evening's performance.

CMEA Choral Fest - CANCELLED

Weill Hall in the Green Music Center
Unfortunately, this festival has been cancelled but is being planned to take place at Sonoma State in 2021.

Top qualifying highschool choirs from all across the state will come to participate in this CMEA Choral Fest. Festival performances will take place from 10am-5pm with a break from 12:30-2:30pm. All are welcome to attend and watch these talented groups for FREE (there is a $5 parking fee).View Event Details

Friday, April 10, 2020

Jane Erwin headshot

Bel Canto: Voice Faculty Recital - CANCELLED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
We regret to inform you, that in the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel this performance based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Please continue to check our website at music.sonoma.edu for updates.

Voice faculty members Jane Erwin, soprano; Zachary Gordin, baritone; and Justin Montigne, countertenor will join together for a recital of “Bel Canto” (beautiful singing), on a program including arias from opera and operetta, art songs and songs from Broadway and musical theatre.

In addition to Sonoma State, Jane Erwin is on the faculty at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and...View Event Details

Friday, April 17, 2020

a group of voice students rehearse at Sonoma State University

Spring Choral Concert - CANCELLED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
We regret to inform you, that in the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel this performance based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Please continue to check our website at music.sonoma.edu for updates.

The SSU Symphonic Chorus, led by Dr. Jenny Bent, Director of Choral Activities is comprised of music majors, students from other majors, staff, faculty, and members of the community. Singers must pass an audition and experience and sight-reading skills are required. Numbering between 60-80 singers, the Symphonic Chorus presents two-to-three major concerts each semester, performing large works such as the...View Event Details

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Three opera performers and a pianist onstage

Opera Scenes - CANCELLED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
We regret to inform you, that in the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel this performance based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

Sonoma State University voice students perform renowned 19th century mezzo soprano Pauline Viardot’s effervescent chamber opera, Cendrillon —a faithful recounting of the Cinderella fable. The production features the heroine’s familiar transformation assisted by her fairy godmother, the prince, the wicked stepsisters, and a host of courtiers and party guests, who will sing interpolated operatic scenes and solos to enhance the festivities. In addition to performing, Opera Scenes class students participate...View Event Details

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Musical theatre scenes feature works from well-known and well-loved musicals

Music Theatre Scenes - CANCELLED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
We regret to inform you, that in the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel this performance based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

In the Music Theatre Scenes class students learn from the ground up about the form of a musical and its production, including scenes, props and costumes. This spring, students will discover and present charming comedy and gripping drama by women composers and lyricists, continuing the voice area’s ongoing 2020 Songs project. 2020 Songs explores works...View Event Details

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Vocal student on stage ready to perform with pianists

Vocal Repertoire Concert - CANCELLED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
We regret to inform you, that in the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel this performance based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

Voice Students at Sonoma State University present a wide variety of art songs, arias, and music theatre selections in their semester final recitals. These concerts are the culmination a series of spring performances - 2020 Songs - in which SSU voice students will examine the work of women composers and lyricists in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the...View Event Details

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Vocal Repertoire Concert - CANCELLED

Weill Hall in the Green Music Center
We regret to inform you, that in the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel this performance based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

Voice Students at Sonoma State University present a wide variety of art songs, arias, and music theatre selections in their semester final recitals. These concerts are the culmination a series of spring performances - 2020 Songs - in which SSU voice students will examine the work of women composers and lyricists in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the...View Event Details