To complement and enhance your performance experience, we offer pre-concert talks to select shows within our main presenting season, one hour prior to the concert’s start time. Artists, Sonoma State Faculty, and guest lecturers take you inside the music, providing a behind-the-scenes look into works on the program. The talks are free with the purchase of your concert ticket.

Residency programs can enrich educational experiences, expand creativity through arts-integrated learning, and provide full-immersion in the colorful world of Performing Arts.

What does a residency look like?

  • Teaching artists work in partnership with a professor or community partner to develop and deliver a creative project that can integrate into a subject area, point of public interest or stand alone.
  • Projects are designed to develop our creative capacities including imagination, critical thinking, and persistence.
  • Professors and community partners are encouraged to collaborate with our teaching artists, thus strengthening and expanding the impact and growing their capacity to engage participants creatively.
  • Residencies can happen over the span of a day, week, month, or longer depending on the needs and scope of the project.

In the 2018–19 season, the Green Music Center, in collaboration with the Sonoma State University Department of Music and the Arts Integration program, is pleased to present a number of residency programs to the campus and community: Las Cafeteras (9/28); Julie Fowlis (10/14); Manual Cinema (10/20); Kurbasy (11/8); Calmus (11/15); Martha Redbone (1/24); wild Up (2/22); Banda Magda (2/28); Monica Bill Barnes & Co. (3/28); Monterey Jazz Festival (4/4); TaikoProject (4/13); and Villalobos Brothers (4/20). Masterclasses will occur throughout the season with artists to include Kenny Barron Quintet (11/7); A Far Cry (2/15); Anne Akiko Meyers and Jason Vieaux (3/30); and Kronos Quartet (5/9).

Past Green Music Center Artist Residencies include Jazz for Young People, an extension of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s youth programs; an exploration through music and politics, as expressed through movement and dance with piano duo Anderson & Roe; and a panel discussion on arts advocacy and cultural diplomacy with the Israeli Chamber Project, produced in collaboration with Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa.