The Department of Music takes pride in being one of the most active programs at Yakima Valley College, providing students with performing opportunities in vocal and instrumental music as well as formal academic training.  The award-winning YVC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos -

 have become known throughout the Pacific Northwest region for quality.The YVC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have traveled throughout the region and posses a tradition of artistic quality and breadth of style including renaissance madrigals, vocal jazz and major choral works.

The Department of Music offers a full two year program of study for music majors in theory, ear training and performance. In addition, courses for the interested general student are an important part of the Department’s curriculum. Music Appreciation, History of Jazz, Music of World Cultures and 20th Century music are all courses designed for the student who has an interest in music as a non-major. Non-majors are also encouraged to participate in various performing ensembles such as the YVC Jazz Ensemble, The YVC Concert Choir, Jazz Combos and the Chamber Singers.


Primary and Secondary Music Educators, College Music Educators, Private Music Studio Teacher.


Administrative positions with foundations and educational agencies, Church affiliated music positions, Studio musician, Commercial arranger, Composer.


Piano Accompanist, Music Business Careers in Retail, Recording and Artistic Promotion, Music Research positions at state, regional, and national institutions