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. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A photograph of the maestro

String Orchestra Conducting Workshop with Markand Thakar

Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

January 14 - 16, 2020 Green Music Center Sonoma State University

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 two major staples of the repertoire: the Serenades by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky.

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,...View Event Details

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Cartoon Earth with headphones on

Family concert: North, South, East, West

Weill Hall in the Green Music Center

Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra presents our annual Family concert: North, South, East, and West

Please join us for our Fourth Annual Family Concert: North, South, East, West! This hour-long concert is designed for the young and the young at heart. We'll take a brief tour of music from around the globe, including 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). Also on the program are world premieres by SSU Composition Competition winners Thomas Gosnell and Michael Garrett. Hope to...View Event Details

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

a photograph of the Symphonic Wind Band and Orchestra Festival

8th Annual Sonoma Invitational Festival - CANCELED

Weill Hall and Schroder Hall in the Green Music Center
This event has been CANCELED. Stay Tuned: Next year's invitational is planned for March 10–12

The Sonoma Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Andy Collinsworth, will still present three performances this week on Wednesday March 11, Thursday March 12 and Friday March 13, at 12:30 pm in Weill Hall.

These afternoon performances had been scheduled as part of the Music Department’s annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival. We invite you to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music for wind band. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Parking costs...View Event Details

Sunday, April 5, 2020

This musician is using her hands to play the little chimes

Concerto Competition - CANCELLED

Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center
Unfortunately, this competition will not be able to take place in person for the public. A winner will be determined via alternate method. Stay tuned for the winner and the upcoming Symphony Orchestra 2020–2021 concert series.

Each spring, music students take the stage to compete for an opportunity to be the guest soloist with the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra. Please join Dr. Alexander Kahn, Director of Orchestral Activities at Sonoma State University, as he and a panel of judges gather to select winners at the 2020 Sonoma State Concerto Competition! The winner, or winners, of the competition will...View Event Details

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Beethoven and Brahms

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra - 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. Please continue to check our website at music.sonoma.edu for updates.

Please join us for our season finale, a collaboration with the Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival! This concert celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by featuring one of the most-beloved works of music of all time: Beethoven's epic and thrilling Fifth Symphony. The program also features soloists Tanya Tomkins and Liana Berube, from the Valley...View Event Details