Sonoma State Day of Strings 2021

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 event will also receive up to three complimentary tickets to a performance by the world-renowned Julliard String Quartet in the award-winning Weill Hall at 3:00 p.m, as well as have access to an exclusive closed rehearsal session with the quartet. 

To register for the event please fill out this Google form. Priority registration will close November 7, 2021.

Tentative Schedule 
9:45 a.m. Welcome and registration: Schroeder Hall lobby 

10:00 a.m. Chamber Music Performances by SSU Strings faculty

10:20 a.m. Masterclasses with SSU Strings faculty

11:45 a.m. String instrument selection and maintenance with luthier Andrew Caruthers 

12:15 p.m. Lunch on Weill Hall lawn (weather permitting)

12:45 p.m. “The College Admissions/Audition Process and Life of a Music Major” panel with current students (Schroeder Hall) 

1:15 pm. String orchestra reading session - string orchestra music by marginalized composers 

2:00 p.m. End of day (The performance by the Juilliard String Quartet has been cancelled due to a health issue with one of the members of the quartet)


Participating Faculty (click on the links to learn more about each faculty member)
Dr. Alexander Kahn, Director of Orchestral Activities 
Aaron Westman, Instructor of Violin and Viola
Liana Berube, Instructor of Violin and Viola
Jill Brindel, Instructor of Cello
Mark Wallace, Instructor of Classical Double Bass

Contact: Dr. Alexander Kahn (