Press Releases and News

YACM Establishes Best Practices for Hybrid Learning in the Fall

July 29, 2020

YACM is partnered with teaching artists who will deliver music education in a hybrid model both in person and online.  We understand learning is different for each child and that in-person and/ or remote learning offers varied benefits.  We have used what we learned from the past spring and summer months to develop a guide for best practices, ensuring that the value of arts education at YACM continues to be transformative in the life of a child whether online or in-person. 


We know the best learning happens in person. We also know that increased risks associated with Covid-19 have reduced learning opportunities for children.  Although we are making every effort to create a covid safe in-person learning environment, we know on-line options may be the best choice for some. Students who consider themselves to be at risk may learn from home via online lessons. Faculty members who consider themselves to be at risk have the option to teach at home. 

It is because YACM has followed the most stringent county policies that we are able to offer a program consistent with the health and safety standards in our region.  This, combined with our outdoor facilities, and YACM’s extremely low faculty to student and student to student ratio makes these plans possible.

Coronavirus: YACM Continues to Develop Youth

July 21, 2020

YACM student, Ethan Caro, “The guitar is referred to by some in the musical world as a mini-orchestra because you can get a wide range of sounds, tones and emotions from a small instrument,” he said. “So I really like the individuality that it can bring to me and how it can be really used to express almost any emotion.”

Written by Matt Sieger, Photo by Joel Rosenbaum

YACM Renovates Percussion Studio

July 01, 2020

Board Member, Percussion Teaching Artists and previous USAF musician, Matthew Thomas headed up the group of volunteers which included his son Ian Thomas, Board President Kevin Phillips, YACM dads Ken Loban, and Michael Gonzales.  “I was surprised to get all 4 timpani plus the marimba in the new studio, said Thomas. “Now we have more space in the main hall for kids to social distance during classes and rehearsals.” 

YACM Board of Directors Votes to Re-Open

May 18, 2020

“The development of children matters and the Living Arts are the greatest means for personal development and social cohesion.”  Wanda Cook, Executive Director 


YACM will reopen to the public on July 6, 2020. With a “Back to Basics” phase 1 plan. Enrollment is open now for the CORE-Arts Program with private lessons and small group classes.  “The skills acquired to become a musician are also the skills needed to develop into a creative, imaginative, confident, resilient and intentional young adult. This is the ‘Art of Living’”,  adds Wanda Cook. 

California Arts Council Awards Grant

May 06, 2020

Young Artists Conservatory of Music Announces Grant Award from 

California Arts Council in Support of

Arts and Well-Being for Artists in the Schools. 

YACM's FUSE A Cappella Wins Semi-Finals

February 16, 2020

FUSE A Cappella Chorus, a program of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) located  in Vacaville Ca. won first place at the ICHSA West Semi-Finals on Saturday February 15 at Fox Theater in Redwood City.   As champions, FUSE will represent the region to compete in Seattle on March 28, 2020 for the Semi-Final West Coast Championship. .

2018 Black Tie Concert Premier Performers Announcement

June 03, 2018

YACM's Black Tie Gala Concert showcases not only the top featured artists at Solano Music Conservatory, but also the Conservatory's incredible upcoming talent. 

Building a Sound Future In Our Children

February 13, 2018

Solano Arts and Community Development Association is hosting a charity fundraiser to support and grow youth development programs that currently serve over 2000 young people in Solano County.  Previously known as the Benefit Dinner, the 2018 Benefit Ball will be a sophisticated evening experience including an opening live jazz cocktail hour by “SMOLDER”, a three course dinner catered by Erica Marie’s Catering, a short funky R&B performance by youth TNT Rock Band, followed by ballroom swing dancing with the Big Band sounds of the Vallejo Community Jazz Band.  

Solano Youth Theatre Presents Disney’s Mulan, Jr.

November 17, 2017

Solano Youth Theatre (SYT), a division of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) and Vacaville’s longest running and award winning youth theatre company, will open their 2017-2018 season with Disney’s Mulan, Jr. at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. This production marks SYT’s 16th season providing Solano County youth with truly excellent youth theatre experiences. This year, SYT’s cast of 54 can’t wait to thrill audiences with Disney’s smash-hit story of Mulan!

Kaiser Permanente Expands Grant for Music Education in Vallejo

June 21, 2017

“With this increase we plan to aggressively pursue our phase three development of Music Matters Vallejo by reaching out to other local donors who understand the power of arts to help young people pursue their academic and emotional potential” said Artistic Director Wanda Cook.  

Melody Makers Spring Recital Series 2017

June 15, 2017

“Each young music student dreams of playing and singing with the confidence of the older musicians. Melody Makers Spring Recitals carry an important role in developing our students to achieve their dream”, says Artistic Director Wanda Cook. Melody Makers is in contrast to YACM’s Black-Tie Gala and Concert event that was held on June 4th at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The Black Tie event features YACM’s most accomplished performing artists to inspire in Solano a commitment to support the advantages of excellence in the performing arts. At Melody Makers the audience gives its attention to YACM’s younger students who someday may grow up to perform as a Featured Soloist at The Black Tie Gala Concert.

Black Tie Gala Concert 2017

May 24, 2017

The Annual Black Tie Gala Concert returns to the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. On Sunday June 4th concert goers will enjoy the inspiring virtuosity of select YACM student artists performing works from Bartok, Ravel, Puccini, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and more. Artistic Director, Wanda Cook, encourages Solano residents to come and feel the power of excellence in the arts to transform youth and inspire our community.

This annual event features the standard of excellence amongst students associated with the Solano Music Conservatory, a division of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM). Wrapping up its 12th season YACM empowers some of the highest quality of young musicians in the region in pursuit of their potential.  The Black Tie Gala Concert is a formal event that celebrates the power of the arts to develop some of the accomplished young people in Solano County. Tickets are available to enjoy the Black Tie Gala in the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre lobby. 

Changing Young Artists Conservatory and Solano for the Better

April 26, 2017

“Music Changes Everything”, says Wanda Cook, the President and Artistic Director of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM).  Celebrating our 12th year in non-profit service to Solano, YACM is changing too!  


YACM is now a Membership Organization.  Families, educators, businesses, and community leaders are joining Solano Arts and Community Development Association because the arts really are our greatest means for personal development and social cohesion." 

Young Artists Conservatory of Music Announces 2017 Top Student Artists

March 10, 2017

Solano Music Conservatory, a division of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM), is proud to announce the student artists who will perform at our annual 2017 Black Tie Gala Concert. These young people have been chosen because of their diligence in musical studies and their fluent, sensitive, and vivid style of artist communication and expression. 


The 2017 Black Tie Gala Concert performers listed here, join a prestigious group of past “Premier Performers” who because of the grace and poise associated with their performances provide inspiration and hope for the young people of Solano County who wish to pursue their own potential. 

YACM Featured Pianist Performs with Solano Symphony

February 04, 2017

Evan Losoya (18) Vacaville rising pianist, composer, and student at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM), will perform the allegro movement from Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major with the Solano Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their Salute to Youth Competition. 


Losoya will perform Saturday February 11th at 8:00 at Downtown Theatre in Fairfield and Sunday February 12th at 3:00 pm at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The Solano Symphony’s Salute to Youth Competition is an annual competition that awards winning young musicians in Solano County the opportunity to perform a classical concerto with a symphony.  

Hakuna Matata for Solano Youth Theatre

November 06, 2016

Disney’s The Lion King, comes to Solano County for the first time proudly produced by Solano Youth Theatre (SYT), a division of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM).  The enthusiastic cast of 53 children and youth began rehearsals in August to present this beloved and dramatic story under the Artistic Direction of Wanda Cook. Solano Youth Theatre boasts a 20-year legacy of unparalleled excellence in theatre with all youth casts.  “Our production and design team are working to make The Lion King the best it can be. There is so much enthusiasm amongst the cast and production team.  I am excited to present what I think will be our best production yet to the Solano community”, says Artistic Director, Wanda Cook. 

Vacaville Youth, Evan Losoya Honored as Rising Pianist and Composer

October 16, 2016

Most recently, Losoya was awarded the Honorable Mention (a 2nd place designation) for his original composition entitled “Hypnotic Suggestion”, a 22-page rhapsody, by the Music Teacher’s National Association Senior Level Composers Competition. Vacaville’s own Evan Losoya, holding the prominent position as Featured Pianist with the Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM), is making his mark as a significant music composer.  Losoya (17) will perform selections from his first published piano solo book “At the Moment” on October 22nd at the Steinway and Sons Piano Gallery in Walnut Creek.  The book will be available for sale on October 22nd, 2016.  

SYT Presents, Disney's The Lion King

July 17, 2016

In the first Solano County appearance of the hit Broadway musical, Disney's The Lion King, Solano Youth Theatre (SYT), a division of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) can't wait to thrill audiences with a spectacular performance. The SYT design team is already reviewing the script and planning an African Experience with costumes, sets, lighting and masks honoring the legacy of the original Broadway production. 

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