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Olympic College Music Department

Students involved in the music program are exposed to a wide variety of educational experiences.  Within the Music Department there are several ways to participate:  choirs, the wind ensemble, jazz groups, and private instruction. Even those with no background in music are welcome; we offer introductory music classes for all who want to learn.

For students who have no background in music, or for those who just wish to learn more about the sounds that surround us, we offer music fundamentals classes and music appreciation classes.  Music appreciation classes introduce students to music from a listener's point of view.  This class is great for students who wish to fulfill a credit and enjoy music.  The fundamentals of music class features the study of music and the basic elements of music theory, including notation, key signature, chords, and scales.

Our instrumental music program was one of the first established community college jazz programs in the nation.  Throughout the years Olympic College ensembles have had the chance to grow and excel nationally. Of the music groups students can choose to participate, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble are the most popular.

The instrumental program is growing again and will continue to make a name for itself throughout the area and beyond. Offered quarterly, there are a variety of groups in which students can participate, including both jazz and wind ensemble. These groups often travel and compete to garner support for our program and spread the OC music ethic. Often, nationally known performers stop in to hold clinics for students, giving them the opportunity to work one-on-one with top musicians.


Students who wish to learn more about the program or would like to audition for the Jazz Band and/or scholarships may contact Rick White, Instrumental Music Director at 475-7118 or rwhite@olympic.edu.

The private music instruction classes offered at Olympic College are taught by some of the Northwest's most talented musicians.  Each instructor has years of experience in the field and each has shaped the Olympic College Music Program.

Some of the classes offered through private instruction are electric bass, piano, voice, saxophone, clarinet, brass, percussion, guitar, composition, and arranging.

Private instruction is arranged between the instructor and the student.  To connect with a teacher please call the music department at (360) 475-7197.  For a comprehensive list of private instruction classes offered to students, check out Olympic College's quarterly catalog, The View

The vocal music program consists of both audition and non-audition ensembles and choirs, as well as private voice lessons, so there is an opportunity for everyone to participate.  The style of music varies from classical to jazz and everything in between.  Each year the choirs participate in major music festivals both locally and nationally.  Frequently, internationally known clinicians are brought on campus to perform and to work personally with the students to improve technique and performance.

Chamber Choir

We are very fortunate to have an audition chamber choir at Olympic College.  This is a group of 35-40 students that excel in choral music.  This group performs music from 20th century to Baroque at its highest level.  We often have guest clinicians in and perform with other community and high school choirs throughout the year.  This is the most dedicated of all 4 ensembles at Olympic College and we pride ourselves with our commitment to choral literature.  Anyone who is in a jazz ensemble is also required to participate in a concert choir.


Vocal Jazz at its best!  We represent Olympic College on tours and within the community, doing between 15-25 concerts a year.  We are very enthusiastic about our music and strive to learn all we can about vocal jazz.  This includes, but is not limited to, improvisation clinics, solo singing, listening, writing lead sheets, and working with small groups and combos outside of class.

In past years, Jazzline has traveled on a festival cruise to Mexico, been to Thailand, the Caribbean, and Canada.  In 2005 and 2006, we won first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.  In 2005 and 2007 we placed 3rd and 1st, respectively, at the Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada.  In 2006, we toured to the University of Northern Colorado Festival where Lance Hueter received outstanding soloist.   We were privileged to stop in Salt Lake City and watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform, as well. In 2008-09, we traveled to Fullerton, California for the Fullerton College Jazz Festival and as a special treat, we were able to perform at Disney's California Adventure Park. 

Most of all, Jazzline members love to perform at a high standard.  They are people who live and breathe each other and work hard to perform at their best. Jazzline personnel have a great attitude and respect for the music and each other and strive to help others succeed in this genre of music.

Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz II

These ensembles are the non-audition counter-parts to Chamber Choir and Jazzline and are open to anyone who wants to join.  They meet 3 times per week and perform in the end of the quarter concerts.  These ensembles are great for people new to singing, looking for extra credits, wanting to improve their abilities, or who just want to have fun!


In addition to vocal ensembles, the vocal program, in a joint effort with the theater department, presents a major opera every two years. In 2009 the Opera department presented the Gilbert & Sullivan opera "Iolanthe" and in 2011 they presented Mozart's "La Finta Giardiniera" or "The Pretend Garden Girl". The opera is directed by private vocal instructor, Susan Trainer.  The set design is by Theater Faculty, David Payne.  The opera is offered as a class during the winter and spring quarters, with the performance at the end of the spring quarter.


Auditions for Chamber Choir, Jazzline, and scholarships begin in March and are by appointment only.  50%-75% scholarship tuition waivers are available to outstanding singers and combo players.  To make an audition appointment, contact Teresa Eliason, Director of the Vocal Program, at (360) 475-7117 or teliason@olympic.edu.

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Upcoming events - Come enjoy the farewell concerts in the historic OC buildings!  In Fall 2017 we will be reopening our programs in the new CIC Performance Hall!


OC Opera program presents "Princess Ida" by Gilbert & Sullivan
Description: A fully-staged comic operetta under the direction of Susan Trainer & Andrew Etherington
Location: OC Theater
Date: June 1st, 2nd, 3rd at 7:30 PM and June 4th at 3:00 PM
Cost: $10/ticket, OC Faculty & OC Students free with current OC ID.

The following programs are free of admission.


Instrumental Spring Concert 2017
Description: Jazz Band I & Wind Ensemble
Location: MUS 122
Date: June 7th, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

Voice Recital Spring 2017
Description:  Arias and Art Songs presented by the Voice Studios of Susan Trainer & Andrew Etherington
Location: Lincoln Avenue Bible Church 
Date: June 9th, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM

Choral Spring Concert 2017 - Please note change of date!
Description: Chamber Choir presents a program of Choral Music - "Of Things to Come."
Location: Lincoln Avenue Bible Church
Date: June 9th, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM