July 31, 2019

Kimberly Cole Feeney holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Arts in Music Education and Cello Performance from California State University, Long Beach. 

She recently retired from 35 years of service as a string specialist in the public schools,   including 31 years with the Davis Joint Unified School District and previous years with the San Juan and Sacramento City Unified School districts. In Davis, she taught an average of 300 students per year, serving multiple schools and directing the “Davis All-City Elementary Orche...

In April 2005, I filed the Articles of Incorporation for a new Non-Profit Corporation, Young Artists Conservatory of Music. .  In April 2005 we had no idea that we'd save Solano Youth Theatre from closing in 2010, launch a Music Matters program for public school children, or commission professional symphonies to accompany our most accomplished "young artists".

Over the last 14-1/2 years YACM has been helping young people recognize and pursue their potential as creative, confident, and critically minded musicians.  The vision, to nurture genuine and comprehensive musicianship in c...

May 31, 2018

 "It's the most fun to overcome really hard challenges and then be able to do hard stuff that other people can't do".. Tyler Smith 

Tyler (TJ as he is known on the field) Smith will perform the legendary and most challenging Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 this Sunday, June 3rd at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. Accompanying 18 year-old Tyler will be 50 professional symphony musicians from throughout Northern California.  Conducting is Maestro Rafael Toro-Quinones. When Tyler’s not practicing piano, he’s earning a 4.2 GPA, earning Baseball sports awards, batting .388, and help...

May 21, 2018

Spring Membership Drive – Building a Sound Future

In our first year of implementing a new member-based sustainability model, Young Artists Conservatory of Music has advanced our vision to create a setting for the significant development of young people through partnerships and a standard of excellence in the arts.

We have listened to our 157 members who encouraged high standards, more student accountability, higher instructor retention, greater organizational transparency, and more early level student recognition.  Our administration is dedicated to the vision of building a significant...

February 28, 2018

Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre - June 3rd 

Gala 5:00 / Concert 6:30

Every year, Solano Music Conservatory, a division of Young Artist Conservatory of Music, hosts the Black Tie Gala Concert.  This concert event celebrates the standard of excellence associated with the highest vigor in musical training and performance quality amongst the students of Solano Music Conservatory.

Each June, the upcoming year’s Featured Soloists are announced at the Black Tie Gala. Our Featured Soloists represent a significant and professional level of musicianship and conviction in performance.  Please jo...

February 21, 2018

Dear Vallejo Community, 

Please join us, Young Artists Conservatory of Music and Solano Arts and Community Development Association in support of music programs in Vallejo schools. We are currently in the 2nd year of a Phase II development program. Currently we have 4 instructors deployed to 7 schools serving 1800 children all undergoing music / chorus classes.  We are funded with a partnership between VCUSD, Solano Arts and Community Development Association and Kaiser Permanente. With these funds we are providing 1 hour per week for each class (each student).  


February 21, 2018

Solano Arts - Benefit Ball 2018 - Funding Excellence in Kids

"The greatest threat to a child's potential is his inclination to GIVE UP!" (M.Gladwell)

"Society more than ever is exploiting our childrens' weaknesses rather than unlocking our children's potential." (J. Kingsley, Exploiting Childhood)

"Arts education achieves critical priorities, like critical thinking, confidence, and creativity." (Michelle Obama)

  • What if there was an activity where children could experience difficulty as positive thing? 

  • What if you could create an environment where all children actually expe...

June 15, 2017

Young Artists Conservatory of Music

June 19 - 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Theatre Fairfield

Admission:  $5 Donation Requested at the Door

The Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) is pleased to announce our 12th Annual Melody Makers Spring Recital Series. Over 140 music students ages 5 to 18 will perform over 4 days at the Downtown Theatre in Fairfield. Each of the young performers study music associated with YACM’s Core Arts program which includes private instruction, weekly theory and musicianship classes, ensemble training, and performances strategically developed to empower personal...

Announcing Solano Arts and Community Development Association

As many of you know, I am the founder and Artistic Director of a non-profit organization in Solano County.  Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) was founded on the conviction that the arts are humanity’s greatest means for personal development and social connectedness.  For 12 years our leadership has enabled the benefit of meaningful arts education in the lives of thousands of children and their families.  From explorative experiences to comprehensive achievement, YACM mobilizes HOPE, develops ABILITY, and empowers PO...

Over 35 years of teaching experience in private piano lessons has given me a front row seat to a laboratory of human behavior.  The question for me is always how do I empower this child to experience success during home practice.  This leads to another question. What is success at piano practice?  Experience has taught me that the ability of a child to develop the necessary skills to become a fluent pianist is rooted in the development of two fundamental elements of well-being:   Emotional Cohesion and Cognitive Resilience.

Emotional Cohesion is my way of describin...

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