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, February 1, 2020

Dr John Palmer leads the Rock Collegium program and May's show featured music by RadioHead, Rush, The Beatles and Arctic Monkeys.

Rock Collegium

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

Directed by Department of Music chairman Dr. John Palmer, the twice-yearly Rock Collegium is an outgrowth of MUS 481. In this Special Topics Workshop students study various genres and styles of rock music. Then they compose and perform their own works their final project. The Rock Collegium is limited to 10-15 members playing guitars, vocals, bass, drums. Each concert features some deep cuts, some classic rock favorites, and like any good rock performance, some surprises.

If you miss this concert, you will regret it for the rest of your life!View Event Details

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dr Brian Wilson is only one of the composers on the music department faculty at Sonoma State University

Faculty Composers

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

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.

The Faculty Composers Concert will feature the music of Will Johnson, Brian S. Wilson, Thom Limbert, and members of the Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

Music by Jazz Faculty (program to be announced from the stage):

SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble Kasey Knudsen, saxophone Andrew Stephens, trumpet Doug Leibinger, trombone Randy Vincent, guitar Ken Cook, piano Cliff...View Event Details

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sonoma Musica Viva

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
William Walton and Paul Hindemith - Façade & The Viola Connection Join us for our collaborative faculty–student celebration of two icons of the 20 th century.

The composers William Walton (1902-1983) and Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) met almost by accident. In 1929, when Walton’s intended soloist for his new Viola Concerto backed out, Hindemith, who also played the viola, agreed to play the premiere. Hindemith’s performance was key to the work’s success, and the two men remained lifelong friends. As this program attests, Hindemith loved to compose chamber works across the full instrumental spectrum, including clarinet, horns, classical guitar....View Event Details

Friday, April 3, 2020

New Music Sonoma, Friday, April 3 at 7:30pm in Schroeder Hall. Admission is FREE. Parking is $5

New Music Sonoma - 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.

New Music Sonoma (LOOPS!) will be devoted to presenting newly composed and improvised acoustic and electronic music involving cyclical sounds, repeated phrases, and looped audio. The concert will feature new works by SSU Alumni Matt Bailey and Anna Rose Miller, Thom Limbert and others.View Event Details

Saturday, May 2, 2020

This girl is rocking. The Rock Collegium features a specially curated selection of rock tunes, curated by our Department chair, Dr. John Palmer

Rock Collegium - 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.

Directed by Department of Music chairman Dr. John Palmer, the twice-yearly Rock Collegium is an outgrowth of MUS 481. In this Special Topics Workshop students study various genres and styles of rock music. Then they compose and perform their own works their final project. The Rock Collegium is limited to 10-15 members playing guitars, vocals, bass, drums. Each concert features some deep cuts, some classic rock favorites, and like any...View Event Details

Sunday, May 3, 2020

this is a picture of a clarinet player

Student Composers - 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.

The Student Composers Concert will feature music composed as part of a collaboration with the student filmmakers in Professor Talena Sanders COMS 320 Special Projects in Video Production course.View Event Details