Dr. Andy Collinsworth

Director of Bands, Department Chair

Andy Collinsworth Headshot with olive trees in background
GMC 2045

Andy Collinsworth has been the Director of Bands at Sonoma State University since 2008, where he leads the university Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. A music educator for the past 32 years, Dr. Collinsworth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the courses he has taught in conducting and music education. He was elected in 2021 to serve as Chair of the Music Department at Sonoma State.

Dr. Collinsworth maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with a multitude of school band and music education organizations throughout the western states. He conducts the Oakland Municipal Band, an ensemble of professional musicians that has performs a summer series of concerts for the past 110 years. He is conductor and artistic director for the Saint Helena Community Band, an ensemble established and sponsored by famed Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola. He is the founder and director of the Sonoma Summer Wind Band Conducting Symposium, an annual weeklong conducting seminar for music educators. He is the artistic director and coordinator of the Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival—a signature three-day event featuring high school ensembles that is an affiliate of the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, sponsored by Yamaha. 

Under his direction, the Sonoma Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs several times throughout the year, on campus in magnificent Weill Hall and in periodic off campus tours. The SWE was invited to perform at the Western/Northwestern Division CBDNA Conference in March 2018. Dr. Collinsworth has presented numerous clinic sessions at regional and state conferences. He regularly provides rehearsal clinics to school bands throughout the year. 

Dr. Collinsworth has been an active member and leader of several professional organization. He is immediate Past-President of CBDNA Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association, and has served as the President of the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) and Vice-President of the California Band Directors Association (CBDA). In addition, he is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Northern California Band Directors Association, and is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity.  

Dr. Collinsworth was recognized in 2014 as the John Swain Outstanding University Music Educator Award for outstanding contributions to music education at the collegiate level by the California Music Educators Association. In 2011, he received the CMEA Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award honoring excellence in instrumental instruction and performance.

Andy Collinsworth earned degrees in Conducting (DMA, 2008 Arizona State University (2008), Saxophone Performance (MM, 1989 University of Nevada at Reno) and Music Education (BME, 1987 University of Nevada at Reno).