Alumni Spotlight

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.


WCU Elementary School and Middle School Summer Music Camps

Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26, 2020 (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.

Featured Camp video

WCU High School Summer Music Institute

Monday, July 6 - Saturday, July 11, 2020

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.

High School Sumer Music Institute video

  Summer Jazz Camp

Sunday, July 12 - Friday, July 17, 2020

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.

Learn more about the Summer Jazz Camp.

Summer Jazz Camp video

  Summer Leadership and Marching Band Camp

July 18 - July 19, 2020 (Leadership Training) | July 20 - July 23, 2020 (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.

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

Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition (CANCELLED)

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

International Organ Competition (CANCELLED)

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.

For further information, email Anita Greenlee.


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.

Percussion Ensemble


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.

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