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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
JAZZ PROGRAM

West Chester University’s Wells School of Music offers an outstanding curriculum in both performance and music education. As an All-Steinway School we offer the highest quality facilities, practice and performance venues. Our outstanding faculty are international and national performers and clinicians, dedicated to teaching the next generation of performers and educators. Students work with our exceptional faculty in a supportive and challenging environment.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers, both performing and teaching; to major institutions to continue their education, and have established thriving private studios.

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MEET THE
FACULTY

Jonathan Ragonese

Jonathan Ragonese
Director of Jazz Studies
Saxophone

Marc Jacoby

Marc Jacoby
Percussion, Music Technology

Dan Cherry

Dan Cherry
Trombone

David Cullen

David Cullen
Guitar

Peter Paulsen

Peter Paulsen
Double Bass

John Swana

John Swana
Trumpet

EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES

Jazz Festival

West Chester University has enjoyed a long history and commitment to great jazz programming. Our own faculty jazz group, as well as our beloved student jazz ensemble, the Criterions, are among our many points of pride for the Wells School of Music. As well, our annual Jazz Festival invites members of the community onto our campus to enjoy some of the finest jazz artists from our region and beyond, programmed in our top-notch facilities, for FREE. We want the community to take full advantage of these offerings, and to share in our excitement for this fantastic programming.

Summer Jazz Camp

The West Chester University Summer Jazz Camp is designed for advanced middle school and all high school students. Participants will explore the pedagogy of jazz improvisation, arranging, orchestration, jazz history, and performance techniques. Visiting artists as well as the WCU faculty will perform and conduct masterclasses on various subjects. All participants will need to have a knowledge of scales, be able to read music, transpose and be proficient on an instrument.

Learn more about the WCU Summer Jazz Camp

Summer Jazz Camp video

WCU JAZZ
ENSEMBLES

 

 

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