Community Music Program
A cooperative effort between West Chester University and West Chester Area School District providing music lessons to students 10 or over. Interested parties may contact Dr. Henry Grabb, Program Coordinator via email (HGrabb@wcupa.edu). If you are unable to communicate via email, please call Dr. Grabb's office at (610) 436-2224. If there is no answer, you may leave a message for him through the main music office number (610) 430-4177.
We are pleased to announce our 2022 WCU Summer Music Camps. All 2022 summer camp registrations will take place online – please visit each camp’s webpage (via the drop-down tabs below) for more specific registration details. We expect our online registration to open after the new year.
Please check out our summer camp options below!
Monday, June 27, 2022 through Friday, July 1, 2022; 9am to 12pm daily
Tentative Finale concert: Friday, July 1, 2022; 12:15pm
The Elementary School Summer Music Camp and The Middle School Summer Music Camp offer large ensemble and small ensemble performance opportunities for band and orchestra students. Students will receive instruction from some of the region's finest educators and performers. Daily faculty recitals allow students to see professional musicians perform in an informative and engaging setting.
Monday, July 11, 2022 through Saturday, July 16, 2022
Tentative Finale Concert: Saturday, July 16, 2022; 5:15pm
The High School Summer Music Institute is for students currently (2021-2022) in grades 9 through 12. Every student receives two 30-minute private lessons on their primary instrument or voice. Students will perform in a variety of ensembles, including wind ensemble, string orchestra, vocal ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. Students will also participate in music theory classes and sectional rehearsals/masterclasses. The Institute’s faculty consists primarily of WCU Wells School of Music professors, all of whom are active performing artists in the Philadelphia region.
Sunday, July 17, 2022 through Friday, July 22, 2022
The Summer Jazz Camp is designed for advanced middle school and all high school students. Participants will explore 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.
July 24 – July 25, 2021 (Leadership Training) / July 26 – July 29, 2021 (Marching Band Camp)
Lead by nationally acclaimed experts (including: Tim Lautzenheiser, John Villella, Thom Hannum, Andrew Yozviak, and Heidi Sarver) the camp has tracks for drum major, color guard, percussion, twirling, and a leadership marching Band. This is an opportunity to experience a group dynamic where everyone is committed to excellence and a program where the staff will provide detailed instruction working with contemporary music and drill.
The Director and Staff sessions offered include: Rehearsal techniques, organization and administration, leadership, drill writing, conducting, literature, band pedagogy, and technology. Graduate and Act 48 credits are available.
For further information, visit VivaceProductions.com.
COMMUNITY KEYBOARD PERFORMING COMPETITIONS
The West Chester University Wells School of Music offers two keyboard performing competitions to encourage and celebrate excellence in piano and organ performance.
The predictions of the latest scientific forecast that the current pandemic will continue through the coming winter and spring months have necessitated West Chester University to offer most courses through May 2021 online and to cancel all extracurricular events until further notice. This means that we must cancel the West Chester University Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition scheduled for April 10, 2021. We are very sorry to have to do this and sincerely hope that area pianists ages 9 - 18 will again join us in our 2022 Piano Competition.
Please stay safe and well, and keep practicing!
The predictions of the latest scientific forecast that the current pandemic will continue through the coming winter and spring months have necessitated West Chester University to offer most courses through May 2021 online and to cancel all extracurricular events until further notice. This means that we must cancel West Chester University's International Organ Competition scheduled for May 22, 2021. We are very sorry to have to do this and sincerely hope that organists ages 15 - 25 will again join us in our 2022 Organ Competition.
Please stay safe and well and keep practicing!
For further information, email Anita Greenlee.
WCU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
The WCU High School Honors Percussion Ensemble (HSHPE) is a select ensemble comprised of some of the Greater Philadelphia region's finest high school percussionists. Auditions will be held November 17th, and rehearsals take place on Sundays (2pm-3:30pm) from January 5th through April 19th. The HSHPE performs on the WCU Percussion Ensemble's spring concert on April 21st, and additional performance opportunities (e.g., the Percussive Arts Society Pennsylvania Day of Percussion) will be considered. Dr. Ralph Sorrentino serves as the HSHPE’s artistic director, and Professor Brent Behrenshausen conducts the ensemble.
Application (must be postmarked by November 11th)
For further information, email Ralph Sorrentino.
If you graduated from one of the programs in the School of Music at WCU, we would love to hear what you are doing! Use our online form to update your alumni information.
For our alumni the camaraderie and standing ovations live on in the Alumni Criterions Jazz Ensemble and the Alumni Marching Band. We are proud to be associated with their strong tradition of outstanding musicianship. We appreciate their ties and support - and look forward to their next performance!
To join, connect with, or attend a performance of the Alumni Marching Band, please visit the WCU Alumni Bands website.
To join, connect with, or learn more about the Alumni Criterions Jazz Ensemble, please visit the WCU Criterions Reunion Facebook group.