Orchestra Season

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra enters its fourth year under the direction of Alexander Kahn. Four exciting concerts are planned throughout the year with special guest performers to include:

  • Musicians of the Valley of the Moon 
  • Simply Strings
  • ELM (Enriching Lives Through Music, an el sistema program)
  • Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra
  • Winners of the 3rd annual Orchestra Concerto Competition

Our annual Family Concert in March: North, South, East, West will feature pieces by Sibelius, Marquez, Copland, and a special collaboration with the Ali Akbar College of Music featuring distinguished soloists Arjun Verma (sitar) and William Rossel (tabla) along with the premiere of the winning entries in our annual Student Composition Competition. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Matthew Bowker with saxophone and Isabella Grimes with flute headshots

Symphony Orchestra- Season Opener: Raise the Curtain

Weill Hall

Please join us for the FIRST student performance in Weill Hall to take place since March 2020! We are delighted to welcome back audiences to attend the inaugural concert of the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra's 2021-2022 concert season. We will be featuring two student soloists, winners of our 2021 Concerto Competition: Isabella Grimes, performing Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major, and Matthew Bowker, who will perform Jaques Ibert's Concertino for Saxophone and Orchestra. The concert will conclude with Mozart's festive and joyous Symphony No. 36, "Linz." We hope you can join us for this historic occasion!

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

DDAT group shot

Symphony Orchestra: American Indian Voices- CANCELED

Weill Hall

We regret to inform you that the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra concert performance scheduled for November 20, 2021, has been canceled due to health concerns of one of the soloists scheduled to perform on the program. We are working to reschedule the performance for a future season.


Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Chokfi’

Louis Ballard, Scenes from Indian Life

Franklin Piland, DDAT Suite (collaboration with DDAT )

Franklin Piland, IKTOMI (world premiere) (collaboration with DDAT...View Event Details

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Violinist closeup from the side

Sonoma State Day of Strings 2021

Green Music Center

Please join Dr. Alexander Kahn, Director of Orchestral Activities at Sonoma State University, for the third annual Day of Strings at Sonoma State University.

This free event will take place Sunday, November 21, at the beautiful Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

Participants will have the chance to hear performances by our amazing string faculty, read great string ensemble literature by BIPOC composers, participate in masterclasses, learn about the college admissions process from the perspective of current music majors, and gain insights into how to effectively prepare for and take a college admissions audition. Participants in the...View Event Details

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - Wednesday, January 12, 2022

folks seated in chairs on stage with a person conducting and someone assisting them in Weill Hall

Conducting Workshop with Markand Thakar

Green Music Center

January 11-13

Workshop Overview

This workshop, led by world-renowned conducting pedagogue Markand Thakar , focuses on developing essential physical control and building musical understanding. Participants will work with the Vintner's Chamber Orchestra - Sonoma County’s professional string orchestra - on the following repertoire:

Mozart, Serenade K. 525 ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik")

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Barber, Adagio for Strings

All ensemble sessions will be captured on digital video, which Fellows are free to use without conditions.

Fellows will participate in daily technique sessions, video reviews, and directed...View Event Details

Saturday, February 26, 2022

whimsical, misty, green forrest with the silhouette of a little girl holding a lantern

Symphony Orchestra Family Concert- Fantastic Tales

Weill Hall

Please join us for an hour-long concert of stories, fairy tales, and great orchestral music! We will be featuring music from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite , Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite , and Edward Grieg's Peer Gynt - all accompanied by readings from the fairy tales on which this music is based. Kids activities and story readings will follow in the Weill Hall lobby after the show. Audiences (kid and grown-ups!) are invited to come dressed in costume as their favorite fairy tale character.

Special guest narrator Megan McDonald (author of the Judy Moody series) ...View Event Details

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Symphony Orchestra

Weill Hall

Health and Safety for the 2022 Spring Season

The following safety procedures are required for the 2022 Spring Season:

Masks are required when indoors for everyone. All participants and audience members will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, for indoor seating at the Green Music Center. This includes audience members of all ages. All participants and audience members must heed all Sonoma County Public Health orders and Sonoma State University safety protocols.

For more information about our health and safety guidelines visit:...View Event Details