Voice and Opera/Music Theatre Programs

Sonoma State University’s Voice Program promotes a collaborative, supportive environment for individual, artistic, and technical development. The program features weekly voice lessons with renowned vocal artists and pedagogues as well as collaborative pianists who play in-lesson. Voice students regularly have the opportunity to perform in the Opera/Music Theatre mainstage production, Opera and Music Theatre Scenes, and to work with the SSU Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Santa Rosa Symphony, Sonoma Bach, San Francisco Opera, and world-class guest artists from the Green Music Center’s multi-genre performance series. SSU also provides numerous opportunities for choral performance in its Symphonic Chorus, Concert Choir, and the select SonoVoce chamber choir.

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) In Vocal Performance

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)  in Choral Music Education (Pre-Certification)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Voice



Lynne Morrow Headshot with Baton Dr. Lynne Morrow, Director of Voice, Opera, and Music Theatre

Jenny Bent Headshot with black blouse Dr. Jenny Bent, Director of Choral Activities

Jane Erwin Headshot M. Jane Erwin, Lecturer in Voice

Mark Kratz Headshot Mark Kratz, Lecturer in Voice

Lee Steward Headshot Lee Steward, Lecturer in Voice

Krista Wigle Headshot Krista Wigle, Lecturer in Voice

Music Theatre Production

Course Information: MUS 330/THAR 330 Music Theatre Production, 1-3 units of credit

Meeting Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays 7:00-10:00 pm and one Saturday per month 10:00am-5:00pm in GMC 1028

Description: A course devoted to the student and public performance of major works of operatic and musical theatre literature. Designed for singers, actors, and others interested in music theatre. The capstone is a fully staged, orchestrally accompanied performance. May be repeated for credit. 

Instructor: Dr. Lynne Morrow

Participation: Participation in the Music Theatre Production is by audition, and is open to all students regardless of major, and members of the community. The rehearsal process occurs mainly in the fall semester, and the production period in the spring semester ending in mid-February. 

Auditions: Fall 2023 Music Theatre Production Auditions will be held August 24–25 at Person Theatre. Access audition materials and schedule an audition time.

2024 Performance Dates:

In the Heights
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
A co-production by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

February 9, 10, 116, 17 at 7:30pm
February 11, 18 at 2:00pm

Evert B. Person Theatre


Past Productions

Once Upon a Mattress scene

Once Upon a Mattress

Pirates of Penzance

Spring Awakening


Sweeney Todd

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Magic Flute

Into The Woods


Fiddler On The Roof


Music Theatre Scenes

Close up of two actors sitting back to back and staring off into the distance

Course Information: MUS 340 Music Theatre Scenes, 1 unit of credit

Meeting Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-4:50 pm in GMC Schroeder Hall

Description: It's amazing how much is learned, even among those who have been in many shows before! In Musical Theatre Scenes Workshop students learn from the ground up, about the form of a show, the props and costumes, the way that dialogue has to work and then how to use their speaking and singing voices to communicate. A performance course designed to broaden student's familiarity with the opera and musical theatre repertoire. Students have input regarding literature and often write their own scenes. The class is open to all students. May be repeated for credit.

Instructor: Dr. Lynne Morrow

Participation: Membership is open to all students regardless of major. No audition is required. Prior vocal training and the ability to read music are ideal. 

First Meeting: The first class meeting is for Wed. August 23.


Opera Scenes

Actor sitting on a chair and leaning against an actress who is standing on stage of Schroeder Hall

Course Information: MUS 340 Opera Scenes, 1 unit of credit

Meeting Dates: Mondays/Wednesday 3:00-4:50 pm in GMC Schroeder Hall

Description: A performance course designed to broaden student's familiarity with the opera repertoire, performance practice, and staged performance. Students have input regarding literature, and learn a mix of arias (solos) and ensemble scenes. The class is open to all students. May be repeated for credit.

Instructor: Dr. Lynne Morrow

Participation: Membership is open to all students regardless of major. No audition is required. Prior singing experience is beneficial, and the ability to read music is essential. 

First Meeting: The first class meeting is for Wednesday, August 23.


Vocal Repertory Class

Vocal student singing with piano accompaniment on Schroeder Stage

Course Information: MUS 151/451 Vocal Repertory Class, 1 unit of credit

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays 1:00-2:50 pm in GMC Schroeder/Weill/1028

Description: This class is a weekly forum for singers to perform solo repertoire in progress. Students are divided into groups which perform in alternating succession throughout the semester. After performing, students receive constructive criticism and direction from the voice faculty and guest artists. Weekly discussion topics include elements of performing, vocal literature, business skills, and guest artists conduct occasional master-classes. Students produce three themed concerts per semester as a result of these endeavors.

Instructor: Voice Faculty

Participation: Required for all voice majors enrolled in private voice instruction. 

First Meeting: The first class is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23. All students perform a solo of their choice in order to gain studio placement. A brief orientation will follow.


Private Voice Lessons

Course Information: MUS 141/147/441/447 Private Voice Instruction, 1 unit of credit

Meeting Dates: By arrangement with private instructor. 

Description: Individual study of voice, beginning through advanced. Focus on technique, repertoire, style, performance practice, and all elements of singing. May be repeated for credit.

Instructors: Jane Erwin, Mark Kratz, Lee Steward, Krista Wigle

Participation: Lessons are available for all BM and BA students with voice as their primary instrument. Studio assignments are made after the initial class meeting of Vocal Repertory Class (MUS 151/451). 

First Lesson: The first voice lesson will be scheduled begging the week of August 28, after studio assignments have been made.


Recent Choral-Orchestral Performances

Choir dressed up and performing in the Weill Hall choir loft

The Chieftains - Green Music Center
Mozart’s Requiem - Santa Rosa Symphony
Rachmaninoff’s The Bells - Santa Rosa Symphony
Vivaldi’s Gloria - Santa Rosa Symphony
Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky - Santa Rosa Symphony


Recent Masterclasses & Guest Artists

Kayleen Asbo and Noah Evans

Sara Williams (Sangin' Sara) - Jazz and CCM
Heidi Melton, Bayreuth, Mariinsky Theatre, New York Philharmonic
Danielle Wertz - Jazz
Rhoslyn Jones, San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Santa Barbera
Dr. Kayleen Asbo - The Songs of Clara Schumann
Calmus Ensemble
Eric Jackson - Music Theatre
Karen Clark - Feldenkrais