SSU 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

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



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

Jenny Bent Headshot Dr. Jenny Bent, Director of Choral Activities

Justin Montigne Headshot Dr. Justin Montigne, Lecturer in Voice and Vocal Studies

M. Jane Erwin M. Jane Erwin, Lecturer in Voice

Headshot of Zachary Gordin Zachary Gordin, Lecturer in Voice


Performance Opportunities

Mainstage Production - February of each year

Music Theatre Scenes - each semester

Opera Scenes - each semester

Solo Senior Recital and Shared Junior Recital

Themed/Curated Departmental Recitals - three each semester


Recent Opera & Music Theatre Productions

2020–2021       Spring Awakening

2019–2020       Candide

Two actors Candide 2020

2018–2019       Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd competition scene

2017–2018       You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

L to R- Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Linus

2016–2017       The Magic Flute

Actors holding hands from the Magic Flute

2015–2016       Into The Woods

Cast of Into the Woods on stage

2014–2015       Heroines

Row of actors dancing the Can Can

2013–2014       Fiddler On The Roof

Men from Fiddler on the Roof

Recent Choral-Orchestral Performances

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

Rhoslyn Jones, San Francisco Opera

Dr. Kayleen Asbo - The Songs of Clara Schumann

Kayleen Asbo and Noah Evans

Calmus Ensemble

Eric Jackson - Music Theatre

Karen Clark - Feldenkrais