2024 Sonoma Invitational Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

Regional Affiliate of the Music for All National Festival presented by Yamaha

March 13–15, 2024

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

The Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival is a three-day event open to select high school ensembles from throughout the Western States. Featured performances will be given by the Sonoma Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra, as well as masterclasses with SSU Music Faculty.

The Sonoma Invitational, is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with emphases on musical artistry and education. This unique experience offers your students the opportunity to perform in Weill Hall, one of the nation’s premier concert venues.  Performing ensembles receive audio feedback of your performance from the adjudicators, a 30-minute clinic from a nationally-recognized collegiate band or orchestra director immediately following the performance, and a clean video recording of the performance (free of comments). In addition, the conductor of each ensemble receives a video recording featuring a frontal view of the conductor with recorded comments from one of the adjudicators.

The Sonoma Invitational is an affiliate of the Music for All National Festival, qualifying premier ensembles for an opportunity for national exposure at the annual Music for All National Band and Orchestra Festivals held annually in Indianapolis.

2024 Festival Adjudicators

Our adjudication panel includes nationally-renowned collegiate band and orchestra educators from around the country. 

Rachel Dirks Headshot
Rachel Dirks
Director of Orchestra Activities
Kansas State University
Henry Dorn Headshot
Henry Dorn
Director of Bands
St. Olaf College
Patricia Cornett Headshot
Sarah McKoin
Director of Bands
Texas Tech University
Michael Votta Headshot
Michael Votta
Director of Bands
University of Maryland



Registration is FULL, please email Andy Collinsworth (racworth@sonoma.edu) if you would like to be placed on a wait-list.

2024 Sonoma Invitational Wind Band & Orchestra Festival Application (registration is full, this is only to be placed on a wait-list after emailing Andy Collinsworth)

New! Schools will be limited to a maximum of 2 ensembles, in order to accommodate the participation of as many schools as possible. Directors may complete a separate application for any additional ensembles, and these will be placed on a waitlist, based on the date applications are received. Pay fees only for the first two ensembles. Directors will be notified if additional ensemble slots become available.

Complete a separate application form for each ensemble.

Make checks payable to Sonoma State University. 

Write "Sonoma Invitational Festival" in the memo area of the check.

Mail fees (one check if you are registering multiple ensembles) to:

Sonoma State University Music Department

Attention: Brooke Tester
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA. 94928

For questions regarding payment and fee processing, contact Brooke Tester: brooke.tester@sonoma.edu

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All ensemble concerts are open to the public. Daily parking fee is $5.

Sonoma Invitational Band and Orchestra Festival Poster