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About Schroeder Hall

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Northern California’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, presenting year-round programming of premiere classical, contemporary, jazz, chamber and world music artists in concert. The GMC campus includes the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, the intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall, as well as the highly unique summertime concert-going experience of Weill Hall + Lawn.

Schroeder Hall is a 240-seat cathedral-like recital hall, designed specifically to accentuate instruments, organ and voice in an intimate setting. Named in 2007 by Jean Schulz after Charlie Brown’s Beethoven-loving, piano-playing friend and in honor of her late husband Charles Schulz and his iconic comic strip Charlie Brown and Friends, Schroeder Hall opened in August 2014.

Designed by BAR Architects of San Francisco, the 3,420 square-foot Schroeder Hall is notable for its curved architecture featuring no 90-degree angles, soaring ceilings, and dedicated organ balcony where a 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 organ is situated on the stage-end wall. Built of red oak with accents of rare woods, the organ’s metal pipes range in size from 16 feet long to some smaller than a pencil. With 19 stops and 29 ranks on two manual divisions and pedal, the organ sounds both forceful and sweet. The rare organ – gifted to the University by donors BJ and Bebe Cassin in 2005 – was temporarily housed at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Rochester, New York until the completion of Schroeder Hall in 2014.

Throughout the year, Schroeder Hall is home to the students and faculty of the Sonoma State University Music Department, who utilize the space for classes, rehearsals, recitals, and performances. The hall is also used as an expanded classroom for the 9,000 student university, becoming one of the largest academic spaces on the 269-acre campus.

Schroeder Hall’s place in the overall story of the GMC is an important one. The idea to build this small recital hall was the beginning of a journey that would conclude in the creation of a world-class performance complex, and a regional hub for arts and culture in the North Bay Area of San Francisco. The journey began in the 1990s, when local philanthropists and music enthusiasts Donald and Maureen Green set forth with an idea to build a choral recital hall in Sonoma County. The Greens were founding members of the Bach Choir at SSU, led by music professor Bob Worth. Over lunch in the spring of 1996, the three lamented over the campus’ lack of a suitable hall for choral music. Don pledged his commitment to the building of such a facility — and a recital hall was born. In time, the initial vision of the Green’s grew from a choral hall to a performing arts complex: a concert hall, music education facilities, outdoor entertainment, and more.