YHC’s Division of Fine Arts is a vibrant community of artists who are challenged to take their talents to a higher level through rigorous practice and a robust exchange of ideas. Our thriving and active arts programming features theatre productions, music concerts and exhibits in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. All are well attended by students, faculty, staff and neighbors—giving you the exposure you want and the cultural offerings everyone needs. YHC makes it even easier to follow your dream by offering substantial scholarships in each area of concentration within the division. Our intensive courses, inspiring performances and immersive field experiences allow you to open your mind, warm your heart and nourish your soul. Unlike other institutions, YHC believes it’s important to explore all facets of your creativity instead of narrowing your focus to one discipline. Because of our size, YHC’s fine arts students can lead active roles in the classroom and in the spotlight—meaning you can perform in a contemporary play and jazz recital as well as exhibit art in the gallery. In fact, YHC encourages all students—regardless of major—to take advantage of these artistic opportunities to be bold and express yourself. YHC is the place to follow your dream. This is where you can try new things, push yourself and inspire others. That is the liberal arts tradition in which all of our fine arts programs are rooted. This flexibility stresses individuality and allows students to broaden and enhance their professional goals. YHC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Beyond the popular career paths of performing and teaching, a music degree opens your options—because creativity is a valuable commodity. In your four years here, you’ll perform in recitals, solo in the College’s many choral and instrumental ensembles, and be featured in musical theatre productions.
Our faculty share decades of real-world stage experience and will train you to become a true “triple threat.” Our fresh, cutting-edge curriculum will help you build skills in voice production, technique and interpretation, musicianship, sight-singing, acting and movement, and various styles of dance.
What are the crafts that define a theatrical designer and technician? Carpenter. Electrician. Stitcher. Drafter. Painter. Each skill can take a lifetime to master, yet the practicing technical theatre artist is called upon to demonstrate mastery of all areas for every show they produce. YHC offers one-on-one mentorship as you evolve your craft into an art form.
Strong partnerships with area schools ensure you’ll have outstanding field and clinical experiences, and degree candidates work closely with experienced instructors in both the music and education departments. Graduate with strong teaching skills and hands-on lab and practicum experiences, all backed by solid musical knowledge.
The minor is designed to allow students to choose either a broad spectrum of courses, or concentrate on just one or two specific styles. Students are prepared for performance with core offerings such as ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. Courses are also offered in world and regional (Appalachian) dance, as well as Broadway styles and choreography.