New Music Sonoma

The Department of Music has played an active role in the creation of original music since its founding more than 50 years ago. New Music Sonoma presents Faculty and Student Composer concerts, the music alliance Sonoma Musica Viva, the Composition studio under the direction of Thom Limbert, and composer residencies. Recent guest composers include Pulsoptional, Ben Allison, John Mayrose, Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli, Mark Anderman and Shawn Baltazor. For information about New Music Sonoma, contact Thom Limbert tlimbert@sonoma.edu, Director of Composition and the Walford Studio.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

setup for a rock band

Rock Collegium

Schroeder Hall

Rock Collegium, an outgrowth of MUS 481 – Special Topics Workshop, brings students to the stage as creators and performers of classic Rock tunes and original pieces based on their study of various Rock styles. Recent programs have featured works by Yes, Queen, Regina Spektor and King Crimson, alongside new student compositions. Musicology professor John R. Palmer directs.View Event Details

Friday, March 1, 2019

Composer Edgard Varese (1883-1965)

Sonoma Musica Viva: Varese and Friends

Schroeder Hall

The Music of Edgard Varése and Friends

Edgard Varése (Paris, 1883–New York, 1965) is known as the father of electronic music. He prepared for a career as an engineer by studying mathematics and science. He studied the notebooks of da Vinci. Pulled towards music, he used his learned scientific principles to study the science of sound. Varése spent the majority of his life waiting for technology to catch up with him. His unique voice and eclectic aesthetic influenced countless younger generations — among them, Frank Zappa, Charlie Parker and The Beatles — even though his entire output can be...View Event Details

Thursday, March 14, 2019

musical manuscript / notation

Faculty Composers Concert

Schroeder Hall

The music faculty boasts many active composers who write music in all genres, from art song and musical theatre to contemporary Classical, Jazz and avant-garde. This annual celebration of original music draws top classical and jazz performers from throughout the North Bay.

Program details to come.View Event Details

Friday, April 5, 2019

Thom Limbert

New Music Sonoma: A Concert of 21st Century Works

Schroeder Hall

A concert of new music under the direction of Composition Program Director Thom Limbert.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

45 rpm record of Bolero by Jeff Beck

Rock Collegium

Schroeder Hall

Rock Collegium John R. Palmer, director

Rock Collegium, an outgrowth of MUS 481 – Special Topics Workshop, brings students to the stage as creators and performers of classic Rock tunes and original pieces based on their study of various Rock styles. Recent programs have featured works by Yes, Queen, Regina Spektor and King Crimson, alongside new student compositions.View Event Details

Saturday, May 11, 2019

music manuscript

Student Composers Concert

Schroeder Hall

Program details to come.View Event Details