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School of Music

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School of Music

Address:
Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383


School of Music
Phone: 610-436-2739
Fax: 610-436-2873
Email: musicinfo@wcupa.edu


Dr. Christopher Hanning
Dean (Interim)
Phone: 610-430-4178
Email: channing@wcupa.edu


Kaysey Davis
Administrative Assistant to Dean
Phone: 610-430-4177
Email: kdavis4@wcupa.edu


Will Hillegeist, M.M.
Business Manager
Phone: 610-436-3484
Email: whillegeist@wcupa.edu


Matthew Scott Miller
Events Coordinator
Phone: 610-436-2678
Email: mmiller@wcupa.edu


Robert (Bob) Rust
Recording Engineer/Video Technician
Phone: 610-436-2937
Email: rrust@wcupa.edu


Gerry Cousins
Director, Acoustic Instrument Technical Services
Phone: 610-436-2634
Email: gcousins@wcupa.edu


Faculty Contact Information:
Applied Music
Music Education
Music Theory, History and Composition

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SPECIAL
PROGRAMS

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. 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.

Summer Camps

WCU Elementary School and Middle School Summer Music Camps

Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 2018 (9am to 12pm)

The Elementary School Summer Music Camp and The Middle School Summer Music Camp offer large ensemble and small ensemble performance opportunities for band, orchestra, and vocal 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.

Learn More about the Elementary School Summer Music Camp

Learn More about the Middle School Summer Music Camp

WCU High School Summer Music Institute

Monday, July 9 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

The High School Summer Music Institute offers resident and commuter options for students currently in grades 9 through 12. Students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of large and small ensembles including wind ensemble, string orchestra, chorus, flute ensemble, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, double reed ensemble, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble and vocal ensemble. All ensembles perform at the end of the Institute, and all concerts are open to family and friends. Auditions for a solo recital are held at the beginning of the week.

The Institute's faculty consists primarily of West Chester University professors, all of whom are active performing artists in the Philadelphia region. Each student receives two private lessons and one studio masterclass on their primary instrument or voice. Students will also participate in music theory/ear training, college prep and audition prep classes. Recreational activities include volleyball, a scavenger hunt, and a pizza party.

Learn more about The High School Summer Music Institute.

Further Information:
summermusiccamps@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2420

Summer Jazz Camp

Sunday, July 15 - Friday, July 20, 2018

The Summer Jazz Camp , which 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.

Further Information:
Dr. Marc Jacoby
(610) 738-0539

Summer Leadership and Marching Band Camp

July 21 - July 22, 2018 (Leadership Training) | July 23 - July 26, 2018 (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.

Further Information:
VivaceProductions.com

The Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators

May 30 - August 5, 2017

West Chester University's graduate music program, The Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators , offers an innovative combination of traditional academic courses and special subjects seminars featuring nationally renowned leaders in 21st century Music education. These courses may be applied to NASM accredited master's degrees in music education, applied music, piano pedagogy, music history and literature, and music theory as well as meeting requirements for teacher certification renewal and professional growth programs. Master's degrees in the WCU School of Music may be earned through an intensive four-summer program or a combination of regular semester and summer studies. The Samuel Barber Institute for Educators is named in honor of West Chester-born composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) noted for his wide range of symphonic and choral works including the well-known Adagio for Strings.

Some workshops and compressed format courses offered by the School of Music will start and/or conclude on other dates within these sessions. These dates are included in the description for each course. Courses and workshops are held on the main WCU campus in West Chester, PA.

View courses being offered during summer 2017

Learn More about the Graduate Placement Test

Further Information:
somgradinfo@wcupa.edu

Community Keyboard Performing Competitions

The West Chester University School of Music offers two keyboard performing competitions to encourage and celebrate excellence in piano and organ performance.

Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition

The Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition is open to students ages 9 - 18, with 15 cash prizes in 3 age groups, takes place annually in early April, and has no geographic boundary. The Competition is followed by a Winners Recital a week after the Competition.

Learn More about the Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition

International Organ Competition

The International Organ Competition is open to organists ages 15-25, awards 4 cash prizes in two ages groups, takes place annually in mid-May, and draws applicants from Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States.

Learn More about the International Organ Competition

Further Information:
Anita Greenlee
(610) 738-0452

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 are held every November, and rehearsals take place on Sundays (2pm-3:30pm) from January through April. The HSHPE performs on the WCU Percussion Ensemble's spring concert in April, and additional performance opportunities (e.g., the Percussive Arts Society Pennsylvania Day of Percussion) will be considered. Professor Ralph Sorrentino serves as the HSHPE’s artistic director, and Professor Brent Behrenshausen conducts the ensemble.

Application (must be postmarked by November 13th)

HSHPE highlight video

Further Information:
Ralph Sorrentino
(610) 436-2831