West Chester University's graduate music program, The Samuel Barber Summer Institute, 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 Wells School of Music may be earned through an intensive four-summer program or a combination of regular semester and summer studies. The Samuel Barber Summer Institute 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 Wells 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.
Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2019 (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.
Monday, July 8 - Saturday, July 13, 2019
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.
Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19, 2019
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.
Resident: $705 (includes full camp curriculum, room and board)
Resident Early Registration: $680 (if postmarked before May 10, 2019)
Commuter: $615 (includes full camp curriculum, daily lunches and dinners)
Commuter Early Registration: $590 (if postmarked before May 10, 2019)
Learn more about The Summer Jazz Camp .
Dr. Marc Jacoby
July 20 - July 21, 2019 (Leadership Training) | July 22 - July 25, 2019 (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.
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.
The West Chester University Wells School of Music offers two keyboard performing competitions to encourage and celebrate excellence in piano and organ performance.
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.
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.
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 December 2nd, 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. Dr. Ralph Sorrentino serves as the HSHPE’s artistic director, and Professor Brent Behrenshausen conducts the ensemble.
Application (must be postmarked by November 26th)