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:
College Chorus: Open to everyone at the college and in the broader community. No experience necessary and no audition. Concerts are held near the end of each term, and we sing a variety of music from traditional choral repertoire to jazz, pop music, show tunes, and music from around the world.
Chamber Choir: An auditioned group of experienced singers. Also open to students at the college and in the community. An audition is required. Most of the repertoire is a cappella but ranges from 16th century madrigals to 21st century vocal percussion. Movement is sometimes added to the songs and each singer must be able to work well independently and as a group performer. The choir performs near the end of each term at the school, as well as during each quarter at 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
- Chorus & Chamber Choir: March 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
- Orchestra: March 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
- Jazz Band: March 21, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Career and employment prospects
Although growth in music-related careers is predicted to be in line with the national average for all occupations, competitions remains high due to the number of people who are interested in these careers.
Career overview, pay rate, work environment, and more (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):
- Broadcasting and sound engineering technicians
- Music directors and composers
- Musicians and singers
- Postsecondary school teacher (beyond high school level)
- Olympia Film Society (Olympia’s local society for independent and underrepresented film, music, and allied arts)
- Why Study Music? (Salem College)
Degrees & Certificates
- Associate in Arts (Associate in Arts/Direct Transfer Agreement)
Department/Division ContactHumanities and Communication
Cameron May or John Guarente