The SSU Choral Festival is full, and we are no longer accepting new registrations.
The 2021 Sonoma State University Choral Festival will be held Friday, November 12 in Weill Hall. The festival is open to high school and junior college choirs. Please make sure to register on our Google Form.
The registration fee is $150 per chorus. Checks should be payable to Sonoma State University and must be received by Friday, October 22nd.
Please mail checks to:
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s guest adjudicator will be Julie Dana
Since 1999, Julie Reyes Dana has been the director of the Fresno City College Voice and Choral Program, where she conducts the City Singers, Symphonic Choir, Jazz Singers, the Fresno Chorale and teaches Music Appreciation. Under her direction, Fresno City College ensembles have travelled nationally and internationally, including tours to France, Spain, Italy & Germany. In June 2019, Mrs. Dana and the FCC Chorale made their Carnegie Hall debut in the “Reflections of Unity” concert. Mrs. Dana has taught choral music at the secondary and collegiate levels during her 38-year career and is a sought-after clinician and honor choir conductor. Mrs. Dana is dedicated to serving the choral education music community as an active board member of the California Choral Directors Association as state conference chair (CASMEC), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) for the Western United States as Conference Chair for 4 regional conferences. She is a past President of the California ACDA (CCDA) and served on the board of the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA). She has also served on the faculty of Jazz Education Abroad (JEA) teaching vocal jazz in the Middle East. She has been honored as District High School Teacher of the Year for Capistrano Unified, has twice received the Fresno City College Academic Senate Hayward Award for “Excellence in Education” and was recently honored with the Bill Stewart Outstanding Educator Award for the State Center Community College District. Her formal studies include a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from San Diego State University, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and many, many, many CMEA, ACDA, SCVA, JEN and other music organizations sponsored events. She lives in Fresno with her husband Mike, also a music educator, and together they work to foster an appreciation of the arts at Fresno City College and in their community.
Each choir will be assigned a 30 minute time slot that includes set up, performance of three pieces, and a clinic by our guest adjudicator. During the noon hour, Sonoma State’s chamber choir, SonoVoce, will also perform a short set of choral works. We encourage choirs to stay for the day, as hearing other ensembles is a tremendously valuable learning experience. (It is also a great way to connect and show support for each other after the crazy Covid year we have all just experienced!)
Upon arrival, please check-in in the lobby of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. View the GMC map.
At check-in, you will be asked to provide two original copies of your music scores. You will then be assigned a group guide who will take you to your warm-up space 30 minutes prior to your performance time.
Parking passes are required for private vehicles. Passes are $5 and can be purchased at a yellow ticket machine next to the parking lot and the parking booth at the southern entrance of the University. Cars can park in any Green Music Center lot. (Lots L and O are the closest).
Buses can park for free in Lot N.
Health and Safety at the Green Music Center for SSU Department of Music Festivals
Instructions for Music Directors:
Please download and fill out the festival information form for your community group or school. Use this form to record the names of participants who will attend the festival from your community group or school. An attendance log and proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID test 72 hours before the event are required from music directors in advance for all in-person festivals held at Green Music Center hosted by the SSU Department of Music. Wristbands will be provided for the amount of names on this list. Masks are required at all times except when performing, eating, or drinking.
Instructions for parents and other audience attendees:
This group will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before the event, for indoor seating at the Green Music Center. This includes audience members of all ages. For more information about our health and safety guidelines visit: https://gmc.sonoma.edu/covid-
Masks are required at all times except when performing, eating, or drinking.
Parents and non-student attendees will be subjected to the screening process. They will be checked at the lobby door by a GMC front of house usher and will be issued a wristband upon proof of vaccine card or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before the event.