The College of Visual and Performing Arts will be offering tours throughout the fall / spring semesters and summer. In registering for a tour, you are also automatically registered for the campus tour. Please park by Swope Music Building and meet for the campus tour at the Office of Admissions on Rosedale Avenue. You will receive a confirmation and parking pass two business days before your tour.
High school juniors and seniors are invited to experience the arts at WCU by spending the day with a current student. Your visit will include the opportunity to tour our facilities, sit in on a class, have lunch on campus, and meet with faculty. The following dates are available for shadow opportunities:
Tuesday, November 8
Monday, November 28
Monday, February 20
Tuesday, March 28
Thursday, April 13
Please contact Gabrielle Buzgo at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a shadow day. Don't forget to visit our events calendar to see what performances are happening on the day of your visit!
Applying to the School of Music
To schedule an audition, please first apply for admission to WCU. Once your application has been received we will email you with further audition instructions. (check your "junk mail" folder in case your email client blocks unknown emails). You will be given the option to select your on-campus Audition Day (see below). If you want to be considered for a music scholarship, please be sure to audition by February.
APPLY for Admission to WCU
All prospective music majors must first apply for admission to WCU. The School of Music cannot audition any students who have not yet applied for academic admission to the university. It is recommended that students apply in August or September to ensure that their application is processed and reviewed with ample time to schedule an audition during the fall semester.
REGISTER for an Audition Day
To schedule an audition, please first apply for admission to WCU. Once your application has been received we will email you with further audition instructions. (check your "junk mail" folder in case your email client blocks unknown emails).
Have you been notified that your WCU application has been received? If yes, then we invite you to register for your School of Music audition.
ATTEND an Audition Day
The audition has two main parts (Intonation & Sight-Singing, and Major-level Proficiency on an instrument, piano/organ, or voice) that all prospective music majors must complete. Please review the Audition Requirements below before your audition.
Notification of Acceptance
Instead of a quota system, students are required to earn a minimum audition score for acceptance into their chosen major program within the School of Music. We will notify you of your audition results by email. We feel that it is important to return a students' results quickly so that they have time to take sample lessons or shadow students before making commitments enroll at a particular university. Passing the School of Music audition does not guarantee admission to West Chester University. You must still submit all materials to complete your application and meet all academic requirements in order to be accepted to the University. The final admissions decision will be sent by the Office of Admissions.
The audition has two main parts (intonation & sight-signing, and major level proficiency on an instrument, piano/organ, or voice) that all prospective music majors must complete. Students interested in pursuing a major in theory & composition or jazz performance have additional audition requirements to complete. As all School of Music degree programs require piano classes as a part of the curriculum, we also offer a piano placement exam during the audition for those students who have piano experience and would like to place into a higher level piano class.
Intonation and Sight-Singing
You will be asked to sing intervals which are first played on the piano and to sing simple melodies from a printed page with melodic and rhythmic accuracy. You may sing on neutral syllables or use solmization. You should prepare for this part of the test by practicing singing major and minor scales, major and minor triads and simple melodies. Please ask your music teacher to help you prepare for these tests using examples so that you will feel confident and comfortable when you arrive on campus, especially if you have limited singing experience.
Piano Placement (optional)
All incoming freshmen will be placed in Piano Class I (PIA191). If you have piano experience, you may opt to take the piano placement exam as a part of your audition. You should come with a short piano piece prepared in advance, and to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas covered in the first semester:
Major scales hands separately with traditional fingering; cadence patterns (I - IV - V7)
Students may audition on the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass (not electric bass), Classical guitar (not steel strings), Percussion (including mallets), Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, French Horn, Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Harp. Transfer students must bring to the audition a list of repertoire performed in recital or at end of semester "juries".
Wind & String Instruments (except guitar & double bass): Two pieces/movements of your choice, in contrasting styles, which best show your proficiency. Be prepared to play all major scales & complete a sight-reading example.
Guitarists: Two classical guitar solos (melody and supporting parts are all played simultaneously on one guitar). Guitar solos by any of the following composers are acceptable: Sor, Giuliani, Carcassi, Aguado, Carulli, Tárrega, Sagreras, Villa-Lobos, Barrios, Brouwer, Dowland, Milan, Visée, Weiss, and Bach.
Percussionists: Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency on snare drum, marimba (xylophone and vibraphone are also acceptable), and timpani. The audition will also include sight reading (snare drum and 2-mallet marimba), major scales, and snare drum rudiments. Snare drum: Students should prepare a concert snare drum etude/solo (e.g. Cirone, Delecluse, Firth, etc.). Students can elect to prepare a rudimental snare drum etude/solo (e.g. Pratt, Wilcoxon, etc.) in addition to the concert snare drum etude/solo. Keyboard percussion: Students should prepare at least one keyboard percussion solo/etude (2 mallets or 4 mallets; marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone).
Timpani: Students should prepare a timpani etude/solo (e.g. Goodman, Peters, Carroll, Beck, etc.).
Double Bassists: One movement from a Baroque Sonata (example: Bach, Marcello, Vivaldi, Corelli, Eccles, etc.) and one movement from a Classical, Romantic or Contemporary piece (example: Dragonetti, Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Koussevitzky, Proto, Rabbath, etc.
Major Keyboard Proficiency
For all degrees candidates (except Keyboard Performance):
Scales, major and minor (harmonic and melodic), four octaves
Arpeggios, major and minor, hands together, four octaves, at a fluent tempo
Repertoire: All works are to be performed from memory. In certain cases, literature substitutions may be made upon request. Transfer students must bring to the audition a list of repertoire performed in recital or at end of semester "juries".
A two or three-part Invention of J.S. Bach, or Scarlatti Sonata
The first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49 and Op. 79)
Any piece from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century, equivalent in difficulty to the sonata movement above
Sight Reading: A solo piano example
Major Keyboard Performance Proficiency
Scales, major and minor (harmonic and melodic), four octaves, hands together. Suggested minimum tempo, quarter note M.M. = 132 (4 notes/click)
Arpeggios, major and minor, four octaves, hands together. Suggested minimum tempo, M.M. = 112 (3 notes/ click)
Repertoire: All works are to be performed from memory. In certain cases, literature substitutions may be made upon request.
A Prelude and Fugue, Toccata, or several movements from a Suite or Partita by J.S. Bach
A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49 and 79)
A solo work of substantial length and difficulty from the 19th, 20th or 21st century
Sight Reading: A solo piano example
Major Vocal Proficiency
While it is not necessary to bring an accompanist, please choose your repertoire with the understanding that a voice faculty member will serve as your accompanist and no prior rehearsal is provided.
All degree candidates (except in Vocal Performance) must have prepared:
Repertoire: Two art-songs, in contrasting styles, memorized. The pieces should show a variety of styles. No choral music excerpts or Musical Theatre, please.
All Vocal Performance candidates must have prepared:
Repertoire: Three solo songs, memorized. English and a foreign language must be represented. The pieces should show a variety of styles. No choral music excerpts or Musical Theatre, please.
It is the audition committee's discretion to hear all or portions of the repertoire prepared at the audition.
Major Jazz Performance Proficiency
This major is ONLY offered for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass (double bass only), piano, and percussion.
ALL potential jazz majors must pass the three main audition parts listed above (including auditioning on the "classical" aspect of your instrument), PLUS the following additional requirements:
Tunes: Perform three tunes in contrasting style with Jamey Aebersold (or other CD accompaniment). Original tunes accepted. Specifically the student must:
Interpret a melody in an effective and creative way.
Improvise on chord changes in a confident manner to perform an original solo that is creative and musically effective.
Scales (except percussion)
Knowledge, application and the ability to play all of the modes of the:
Melodic Minor (modes from the ascending melodic minor only
Knowledge, application and ability to play the following scales:
Diminished (half/whole & whole/half)
Theory and Composition (majors only)
In addition to the completing the 3 main audition parts listed above, prospective theory and composition majors will:
Demonstrate keyboard proficiency through the performance of any keyboard literature.
Aural skills will be evaluated, including: intervals, chord qualities and inversions, and harmonic progression.
Sight singing will be evaluated.
Composers: Please bring three scores (and recordings, if available) of original compositions (no arrangements).
Theorists: Please bring roman numeral analysis and written analysis in the form of short essays of three compositions from different eras (baroque, classical, romantic, etc...)
History (majors only)
Prospective Bachelor of Music, History Concentration majors must complete the 3 main parts of the Undergrad Audition Requirements (dictation, intonation and sight-singing, and major-level proficiency on an instrument, piano/organ, or voice), and may opt to take the piano placement exam.
Undergraduate Audition Days
Note that all auditions occur on Tuesdays and you may need to plan accordingly to miss school or work. We are unable to schedule personal auditions or to audition students via audio or video file. All dates are open to prospective freshmen, transfer students, and internal transfers.
November 15, 2016
December 6, 2016
January 24, 2017
February 7, 2017
February 21, 2017
March 7, 2017
Audition Day Schedule
Students should arrive to check-in for their audition between 8:30am-9:00am. Students are given individualized audition schedules based on their desired degree program and placement exams. No time will be scheduled for warm-up or rehearsal; students may warm-up between auditions or may elect to arrive at the beginning of the check-in period to have time to rehearse before the Welcome Address at 9:15am. As students' schedules are customized, they can expect to be finished with their audition anytime between 10:30am-12:00Noon.
9:15am - Welcome Address
9:30am - Piano Placement Exam
9:45am - Sight Singing
10:00am - Major Instrument Audition
Parents and Guests
Parents and Guests attending the Audition Day will be presented with several sessions, including an Information Session with School of Music staff, Financial Aid Information Session, Q&A Session with School of Music Ambassadors, and a Swope Music Building Tour.
Students auditioning with pieces that require accompaniment do not need to bring their own accompanist. Please bring a copy of your music with you and our faculty will accompany you.
References, Resumes, and Repertoires
You do not need to bring any references or resume with you. When a student registers to audition on voice or piano they will fill out a repertoire list/info sheet along with their registration.
Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships are available for students enrolled in School of Music degree programs with varying criteria for application, faculty nomination, and/or competition. We thank our loyal donors for their continued support of our programs and students.
Scholarship Consideration for Incoming Freshmen
Students who attend all auditions in the fall semester will be given first consideration for School of Music scholarships. Scholarships from the School of Music are based off of your performance at your audition; no application necessary.
Sandra Alesia Atkins Memorial Scholarship
George And Susan Boyer Organ Scholarship
Robert L. Carl Memorial Keyboard Scholarship
Paul E. Carson Band Scholarship
Vincent D. Celentano Memorial Scholarship
John T. Coates Horn Scholarship
Samuel Russell Cosby, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Voice
Charles S. And Margherita Gangemi Memorial Scholarship
Miriam S. Gottlieb Piano Scholarship
Fritz K. Krueger Memorial Voice Scholarship
Theodora Pandel Memorial Piano Scholarship
Roz Patton Vocal/Choral Scholarship
The Blanche Stretch Peterson Piano/Organ Scholarship
Cavalcade Of Bands Scholarships
Frank T. Cheesman Memorial Vocal/Choral Scholarship
Michael Falcone Memorial Jazz Scholarship
Raymond and May Grayson Friday Memorial Scholarship
Arthur E. Jones Scholarship
Virginia Keshel MacArthur Annual Scholarship
S. Powell Middleton Memorial Scholarship
Lloyd C. Mitchell Piano Scholarship
Michael Morochko Memorial Piano Scholarship
Constance W. Murray Memorial Scholarship For Piano Pedagogy
Hillary H. Parry Memorial Scholarship Fund
Roz Patton Most Improved Voice Major Scholarship
Jane Elizabeth Sheppard Vocal/Choral Scholarship
Rob Simon Memorial Award
Lois Williams Concert Choir Scholarship
Class Of '45 Memorial Music Scholarship
John Gutscher Scholarship In Music Education
Sophomore Music Scholarships
Music Theory and Composition
Charles S. And Margherita Gangemi Memorial Scholarship
Harry Wilkinson Music Theory Scholarship
School Of Music
Lenore Alt Excellence And Leadership Award
Laury Samuel Brokenshire Scholarship
Jacobs Music Steinway Award
Leonard Laubach Music Scholarships
Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship
Everett E. Shaefer Memorial Scholarship
Charles A. Sprenkle Scholarship
Joy Vandever Scholarship
Benjamin Whitten Prize
Independent Scholarships and Grants
David Leibig Memorial Grant Fund
Dr. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship Foundation