Music

Music is a uniquely enriching discipline that connects communities and cultures around the world. At SPSCC, you can study music for the first time through appreciation and fundamentals classes, take performance classes with ensembles, or prepare to transfer for a music major at a 4-year university.

Take group instruction in voice or piano, or private instruction in voice, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, and bowed string instruments. Whether you’re looking to improve existing skills or learn a new instrument, music courses at SPSCC will help you reach your goals at a much lower cost than a 4-year institution.

What’s Different at SPSCC?

Be the star. The Music Program at SPSCC provides practice rooms, instrument storage, and comes fully equipped with a 500-seat auditorium filled nearly to capacity for your first performance on the main stage.

Join a culture of the arts. The music and theatre programs frequently coordinate and collaborate on quarterly performances. Faculty from both departments are experienced, real-world performers, dedicated to fostering their students’ passions through close coaching and mentoring.

Meet distinguished performers. Our Artist and Lecture Series brings scholars, outspoken activists, and passionate artists to speak and perform on campus each year.

Our Music Programs

  • Orchestra: SPSCC Orchestra is comprised of students and community members. Standard symphonic orchestral literature is studied and rehearsed. Performances are scheduled near the end of each academic quarter. Orchestra members are expected to be good music sight readers and to possess at least high school playing ability. Participation requires an interview with the director and may also require an informal audition.
    Contact: Cameron May, Orchestra Director
     
  • Choral Ensembles:
    SPSCC Percival Choir is the large, community-based choral ensemble at SPSCC, open to everyone at the college and in the broader community. No experience is necessary and there is no formal audition. Concerts are held near the end of each term, and the group performs a diverse range of music including major choral-orchestral repertoire, modern octavos, jazz standards, and music from around the world.
    SPSCC Chamber Singers is the smaller, select vocal ensemble at SPSCC, also open to all students at the college and in the community. No formal audition is required, but previous choral experience is recommended. Much of the repertoire is a cappella and ranges from 16th-century madrigals to 21st-century popular music. Movement is sometimes added to the performance, and each singer must be able to work well independently and as a member of the ensemble. The group performs in concert near the end of each term at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts and at other invited events both on and off campus.
    Contact: John Guarente, Choir Director
     
  • Jazz Band: Comprised of SPSCC and The Evergreen State College students and community members. The Jazz Band rehearses and performs big band and small ensemble arrangements of jazz standards, bebop, Latin jazz, and funk. Performances are held at the end of each quarter, both on and off campus. Members should be proficient on their instruments, to be able to read music, and to attend all class sessions and concerts.
    Contact: James Schneider, Jazz Band Director

Music events & info

2019-20 Concerts:

  • SPSCC Percival Choir & Chamber Singers: Dec. 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Orchestra: Dec. 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
See the SPSCC Arts & Entertainment Calendar and visit the SPSCC Chamber Singers group, the SPSCC Percival Choir group, and the SPSCC Symphony Orchestra page on Facebook for more information.

Careers in Music

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Degrees & Certificates

Non-credit Courses

Department/Division Contact

Humanities and Communication
Cameron May or John Guarente
360-596-5244, 5507