School of Music
Office: Swope Music Building
Department of Art + Design
Department of Theatre & Dance
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University. Throughout this website, you will read about our amazing students, extraordinary faculty, and world-class facilities. With over 300 performances annually, and 100 majors and minors available, I am pleased to introduce you to the opportunities available at West Chester University.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University prepares students to excel as talented, creative individuals in music, theatre, dance, and art. The college houses the School of Music, Department of Theatre and Dance, and Department of Art + Design, which offer bachelor's degrees in Music Education (instrument, keyboard, voice), Performance (instrument, keyboard, voice, jazz), Theory, History and Composition (theory/composition, history), Elective Studies in an Outside Field, Elective Studies with Music Therapy (in collaboration with Immaculata University), Theatre, Art + Design (graphic + interactive design, studio art) and master's degrees in Performance (Instrumental, Organ, Piano/Harpsichord, Voice, Choral, Conducting, Instrumental Conducting), Piano Pedagogy, Music Education (Performance, Research Report, Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, Music Technology), Music (Theory/Composition, Music History).
I encourage you to schedule a visit to campus, meet our faculty and students, and get to know our performance and teaching facilities. I hope that you will experience in person the vibrancy of our nationally recognized programs of study, and see first-hand the remarkable scholarly and artistic community that is the College of Visual and Performing Arts. On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, thank you for your interest in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and we invite you to Experience the Arts at WCU!
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Jarrett Ott '10 to perform in COLD MOUNTAIN
Baritone Jarrett Ott '10 to perform as W.P. Inman in the East Coast Premiere of COLD MOUNTAIN with Opera Philadelphia. Jarrett covered the role at the world premiere this summer at Santa Fe Opera. Learn more.
Andy Truscott '09 Receives Honor from Kennedy Center
Andy Truscott '09, Director of Marketing and Development for Delaware Theatre Company and 2009 WCU alum, has been awarded the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion. Learn more.
Art + Design Students Win 11 AIGA Awards
Eleven awards were brought home to West Chester University by student work in AIGA's 2015 Flux Student Design Competition. Awards ranged from identity, publication, poster, and packaging. View Student Artwork.