Music Department

Discover the exciting opportunities available in music at Yavapai College!

Whether looking for an instrumental or vocal ensemble in which to perform, private lessons for voice or on your instrument, group lessons on piano or guitar, or perhaps you would like to study the theory of music, we can help you reach your goals.

Attend a Music Department performance!

Check the schedule for a complete listing of the season's performances.

Do you qualify for a Music Scholarship?

If you are majoring or minoring in music, scholarships may be available to you.

Music Department

Course opportunities include:

  • Private & Applied Music Lessons
  • Master Chorale
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Women's Chorale
  • Community Chorale
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Big Band/ Jazz Band
  • Jazz Combo
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Guitar Courses
  • Piano Courses
  • Music Theory Courses
  • Music Appreciation
  • Performance Opportunities

Choral Ensembles

There are six different ensembles in which you can choose to participate. Four ensembles (Master Chorale, Chamber Choir, Chamber Singers, and Angelorum) require auditions for enrollment. Two ensembles (Community Chorale and Vocal Ensemble) require no audition.

For more information, contact Chris Eubank: (928) 776-2044 or e-mail Chris Eubank.


Choirs that meet during the day are:

Audition Required (except where noted). Call 776.2044 to arrange an audition.

  • Chamber Choir (MUS 226):Chris Eubank Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Available for students working on any Yavapai College degree. Audition required.
  • Vocal Ensemble (MUS 223):Chris Eubank Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Open to all interested singers. No audition required.
  • Chamber Singers (MUS 222): Chris Eubank Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Students must be either majoring or minoring in music to qualify for this ensemble. Audition required.
  • Angelorum (MUS 227): Chris Eubank Director Monday and Wednesday at 12:00 noon. This is a women’s chorale. Open by audition only.

Choirs that meet in the evening are:

  • Master Chorale (MUS 224): Darrell Rowader, Director. Monday evening. Audition required (Call 776-2044 to arrange an audition.)
  • Community Chorale (MUS 225): Darrell Rowader, Director. Tuesday evening. No audition required.
 Types of Ensembles

Chamber Singers - MUS 222

The Chamber Singers perform as a service ensemble for the public school music community. Meeting only in the month of January during Winter Pre-Session, singers function as ambassadors for Yavapai College, performing choral workshops in the local public and private schools. Sixteen singers are invited through audition to perform in this prestigious ensemble, which is open to degree-seeking students only.

An audition takes place in November.

Vocal Ensemble - MUS 223

The Vocal Ensemble is an exciting college choir intended for degree-seeking students. Although many of these students will be music majors, don’t hesitate to sing if you are working on another degree. The choir sings SATB literature and performs public concerts. There is also a sight-reading component to this class.

No audition is required.

Master Chorale - MUS 224

The Master Chorale is an auditioned eight-part, mixed choral ensemble. The choir performs a variety of music, including the masterworks of choral literature. They have performed internationally and are primarily intended for continuing education students, although degree-seeking student are welcome. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings.

Auditions take place in December and August.

Community Chorale - MUS225

This fun-loving group is primarily intended for continuing education students, although degree-seeking students may participate. The choir sings SATB literature of a lighter nature.

No audition is required, just a desire to have a great time singing.

Chamber Choir - MUS 226

This small chamber group is the pride of the music transfer program. Although designed for music majors, other degree-seeking students may participate.

Membership is by audition only.

Angelorum - MUS 227 (Women's Chorale)

Angelorum from Latin "with the angels"

Angelorum is a women's chamber choir which combines singing with serious technical music study.

The choir was organized by Dr. Will Fisher upon his return from a European tour with a Yavapai College choir in 1994. During this tour, he was privileged to listen to two women's choirs, one from Hungary and the other from Argentina.

"The sound of their voices sent chills down my spine. I've never heard anything as beautiful or expressive," Dr. Fisher said of the experience.

The Angelorum has performed nationally and internationally: in Father Keno mission churches in Caborca and Pitiquito, both in northern Mexico and in an International Women's Singing Festival in Seattle, along with choirs from Spain, Venezuela, Finland, Canada and the United States.

This choir has set a new standard for the southwest and audiences are raving over their musical expressiveness.

Angelorum rehearses on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Yavapai College.

An audition is required.

Instrumental Ensembles

The Instrumental Music Program offers a variety of ensembles designed to meet the artistic and educational needs of our students.

 Instrumental Ensembles

Students and community members from all academic disciplines are invited to participate in the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Big Band I (Roughriders) and Big Band II (Trailblazers).

Instrumental ensembles perform quality music literature in jazz, popular and classical music twice a semester in the YC Performance Hall.

Private lessons are also available for intermediate and advanced brass, woodwind, percussion and string players.

Instrumental ensembles and instrumental classes are offered on the Prescott Campus. Instrumental classes are offered on the Sedona, Prescott Valley and Verde Valley campuses depending upon availability of instructors and student interest.

Small Ensembles

Various small brass, percussion and woodwind ensembles are formed each semester for the enjoyment of playing with a small group. These groups present concerts for the community on and off campus.

Concert Band - Gary Flowers, Conductor

This Ensemble is for music majors and community members who would like to begin playing a wind or percussion instrument, or for those who have not played an instrument for a number of years. Students wil be given group instruction to demonstrate the proper techniques of learning a musical instrument. Some school instruments are available, but students are encouraged to provide their own.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00pm until 6:00pm

Jazz Combo - Clyde Score, Director

This class is for music majors and community members who would like to play standard jazz literature and learn how to improvise within a small group. Students will be given group instruction jazz phrasing and articulation, chord analysis and how to improvise on chord changes. The audition is for placement in the different combos onl. The classes are held on monday evenings from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.

Big Band I (Roughriders) - Dr. Roy Breiling, Director

Music majors and community members who play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, keyboard, percussion, bass and lead guitar are encourage to enroll in this ensemble. Big Band I focuses on intermediate level music from the "Big Band Era" to the present. Audition required

Big Band II (Trailblazers) - Dr. Roy Breiling, Director

Music majors and community members who play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, keyboard, percussion, bass and lead guitar are encourage to enroll in this ensemble. Big Band II focuses on advanced level music from the "Big Band Era" to the present. Audition required

Symphony Orchestra - Dr. Roy Breiling, Conductor

Open to students and community members who play orchestral string, wind, or percussion instruments. This ensemble presents programs of standard orchestral literature and light popular classics in the famous Yavapai College Performance Hall.

Rehearsal are held every Tuesday evening during the school year from 7:00 until 9:00 PM.

Symphonic Band - Dr. Roy Breiling, Conductor

Open to all students and community members who play a wind or percussion instrument. This ensemble presents programs of standard wind band literature, concert marches, medleys, and novelty pieces in concerts in the famous Yavapai College Performance Hall.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evening during the school year from 7:00 until 9:00 PM.

Meet the Director of Instrumental Music Activities

 Dr. Roy Breiling
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Dr. Roy BreilingDr. Roy Breiling; Director of Instrumental Music Activities Prescott: 928.776.2004;

Dr. Roy Breiling is the Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Yavapai College. He conducts the Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, and Big Bands I and II, and also teaches the music theory courses and gives private lessons. A native of West Allis, Wisconsin, Roy Breiling earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1976, and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University in 1980. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting, with a minor in trumpet performance, from the University of Arizona in 2000.

Prior to his appointment to Yavapai College’s music faculty in 1995, Dr. Breiling has been the Director of Bands at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher; at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota; and at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota; and for two years he was an adjunct band director at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Roy Breiling served in the United States Air Force for eight years as Commander and Conductor of Air Force bands in Texas, Mississippi, and New Jersey. His Air Force bands performed at such noteworthy occasions as the Fiesta in San Antonio, Mardi Gras and the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades and the 1987 World Series in New York, and in Glassboro, New Jersey for an appearance by President Ronald Reagan. After an additional fifteen years in the Air Force Reserves, he recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Under Dr. Breiling’s direction, the YC Symphony Orchestra performs major works by Beethoven, Mozart, Berlioz, and other master composers. The orchestra also performs educational Music Memory concerts to audiences of more than 2,000 grade school students every year. The Symphonic Band performs original wind band compositions, marches, and novelty pieces. The Trailblazers Big band has recorded two CD's and received a Superior rating at the Northern Arizona University Jazz Festival in 2000 and a first place trophy at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2012.

• Dr. Breiling is active as an adjudicator, guest clinician and conductor for regional band, orchestra and jazz festivals. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference. He performs regularly on trumpet and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild.