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, November 23, 2019

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.View Event Details

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The French Horn section at an SSU rehearsal

Student Composers

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

This show will be inventive and interesting. Last spring the talented Sonoma State University Student Composers teamed up with Professor Talena Sanders COMS 320 Advanced Video Production filmmakers to create a unique creative collaboration. Find updates on our website at sonoma.music.eduView 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. Last fall's concert included:

Three Songs; Brian S. Wilson (b. 1962) I. Wandering The River (from Kherdian Songs) II. My Soul Is Dark (from Byron Songs) III. My Mother’s Irises (from Kherdian Songs)

With guests Christa Durand, voice and Matthew Arnerich, piano

Musiamunat Day 2; Thomas Limbert (b. 1974) (Papua New Guinea soundscape composition –...View Event Details

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Photograph of Weill Hall in the Green Music Center, taken from the back of the hall

Sonoma Musica Viva

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

Sonoma Musica Viva was founded in 2010 at Sonoma State University as a chamber music alliance dedicated to the recognition of significant works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Founding director and conductor Brian S. Wilson combines the talents of university faculty and North Bay professionals alongside qualified student performers. Students by invitation only.

Sonoma Musica Viva's debut concert took place on October 10, 2010, with a program of Hungarian and Czech music written before 1940 that included Bartók's Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano; Mikrokosmos for piano; and Janáček's Capriccio for piano...View Event Details

Friday, April 3, 2020

This Sonoma County photograph shows a 1950s era truck adjacent to a winery

New Music Sonoma

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

New Music Sonoma shares newly composed and scored pieces by our talented faculty and music students.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

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.View Event Details