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May 24
YVC Music hosts Free Performances

Yakima Valley College Music Department presents their end of the year performances. All events are free and open to the public.

 

YVC Faculty Jazz Quintet
May 26, 2017 ● 11:30am-12:30pm
Hopf Union Building, Building 9, Quiet Lounge

This free concert provides a great opportunity for students or individuals interested in YVC's Music Program to enjoy good music and meet with college faculty. The YVC Faculty Quintet includes: Derek Gore (saxophone), Jeff Smith (trumpet), Bart Roderick (piano), Matt Larsen (drums), and Jeff Norwood (bass).

 

Voice and Bass Jazz Duo Concert
June 2, 2017 ● 11:30am-12:30pm
Hopf Union Building, Building 9, Quiet Lounge

Join YVC's Music Department as they host visiting Vocalist Johnaye Kendrick and Bassist Chris Symer.

About the Artists:
Kendrick received her bachelor of music degree from Western Michigian University. She later received an artist's diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and a master's degree in jazz studies from Loyola University. She performs her own original compositions as well as interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions. A dedicated educator, Kendrick lives in Seattle and serves as an associate professor of jazz voice at Cornish College of the Arts.

Symer was born and raised in Southern California, and he relocated to the Northwest in 2002 where he continues to make his living as a freelance musician. Equally comfortable in the classroom, stage or recording studio, Chris has stayed busy doing everything from teaching to playing on feature films. Studies in jazz and classical double bass performance combined with a love for bass guitar have provided Chris with an appreciation of many styles of music and an ability to fit into almost any musical situation. His open minded approach has led him to the somewhat unusual practice of tuning his own double bass in fifths an octave below the cello, he remains fascinated by the tonal palette the tuning provides.

YVC Faculty Quintet and Jazz Band Concert

June 6, 2017 ● 7:00pm ● Kendall Hall, Building 12, Auditorium

Join YVC's Music Department for their end of the year concert. The concert will be presented in the style of a jam session, with faculty and students performing together.

For more information: 509.574.4836 / jnorwood@yvcc.edu.​

Information provided by:
http://www.johnaye.com/site/biography/
http://santabarbarajazzcamp.com/faculty/chris-symer-bass/

May 19
2017-2018 YVC Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Scholarship Awarded to Victoria Mejia

YVC-VP Scholarship Award_Victoria Mejia.jpg

Yakima Valley College is proud to announce the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services Scholarship is awarded to Victoria Mejia. Awarded annually through the YVC Foundation, this scholarship is given in the amount of $3,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Victoria Mejia is a senior at A.C. Davis High School. This fall she will begin her educational journey at YVC. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and hopes to become a physical therapist.  

For more information regarding the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services scholarship or other scholarship opportunities please contact the YVC Foundation at 509.574.4645.

May 16
YVC Foundation Scholarship Award Ceremony

YVC Foundation Awards Over $580,000 in Scholarships for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Yakima, WA- The Yakima Valley College Foundation will host their Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00pm in Sherar Gymnasium, Building 6. Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year, totaling more than $580,000, will be presented to 200 students by the Foundation Board Members.

Since 1977, the YVC Foundation has worked to provide financial support to students. Starting with $140,000 from 10 donors the Foundation's endowment has grown exponentially to nearly $11,000,000 from 150 donors. In its 40-year history the Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships to students, totaling more than $4 million. ​

YVC-foundation scholarship list by city.docx

For more information about the YVC Foundation or to become a donor please call 509.574.4645.

May 12
The Taming of the Shrew

YVC Playmasters Presents the Spring Production of The Taming of the Shrew

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College Playmasters will presents William Shakespeare's comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Performances will be held be held June 1-3, 2017 at 7:30pm and June 4, 2017 at 2:00pm in Kendall Hall, Building 12, Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at the special internet price of $7.00 at: http://YVCTaming.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets sold at the box office before the performance are $10.00, cash or check only.

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherine, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherine is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio attempts to temper and "Tame" her with various tactics and torments, this along with Katherine's continued resistance, and her sister, Bianca's, various suitors vying for her love, all combine to create this Shakespearean Comedy. YVC Playmasters is excited to give this classic battle of the sexes comedy a more modern twist by setting it in the late 1940's just after the end of World War II. The Taming of the Shrew has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, ballet, and musical theatre. Information provided by: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Taming_of_the_Shrew.

YVC's cast includes: Rebecca Fuchs, Lindsay Soules, Yanelly Avila, Cody Jordan, Steven Macias, Hunter Bosley, Eduardo Rodriguez, Juan Serrano, Tiffany Allen, Evan Garfein, Harlow Adams, Kali Abrams, and Danica Jenck. ​

For more information contact Ray Pritchard at rpritchard@yvcc.edu  / 509.834.4554.

May 01
YVC’s Semi-Annual Clay Sale

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College's Art department hosts the Semi-Annual Clay Sale on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm and again the same evening from 5:00-6:00pm in Palmer Martin Hall, Building 020, Room 101. The sale features functional and sculptural work created by YVC students and faculty over the past several quarters. The sale includes bowls, mugs, pitchers, planters, and odds and ends. Most pieces are priced below $10 and would make an excellent gift for mother's day. Payment can be made in the form of check or cash. After visiting the clay sale, stop by the clay studio to see the beautiful space and equipment or visit the Larson Gallery between 10:00am-5:00pm to see the 2017 Department of Visual Art (DOVA) student and faculty exhibit on display.​

All proceeds go to purchasing equipment and supplies for the YVC clay studio and clay program. For more information: 509.574.4844 / rdorn@yvcc.edu.

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