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.

SUMMER CAMPS

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!

WCU Elementary School and Middle School Summer Music Camps

Monday, June 26, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023; 9am to 12pm daily
Tentative Finale Concert: Friday, June 30, 2023; 12:30pm

For elementary students currently in grades 3, 4, and 5 and middle school students currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 (2022 – 2023 School Year)

Elementary School Summer Music Camp Brochure

Middle School Summer Music Camp Brochure

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.

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 10, 2023 through Saturday, July 15, 2023
Tentative Finale Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2023; 5:15pm

For students currently in grades 9 through 12; (2022 – 2023 School Year)

High School Summer Music Institute and Summer Jazz Camp Flyer

The High School Summer Music Institute is for students currently (2022-2023) 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.

Learn more about the High School Summer Music Institute.

High School Sumer Music Institute video

  Summer Jazz Camp

Sunday, July 16, 2023 - Friday, July 21, 2023
Tentative Finale Concert: Friday, July 21, 2023, at 12:00pm

For advanced middle school students & and all high school students (2022 – 2023 School Year)

High School Summer Music Institute and Summer Jazz Camp Flyer

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.

Learn more about the Summer Jazz Camp.

Summer Jazz Camp video

  Summer Leadership and Marching Band Camp

July 23 – July 24, 2022 (Leadership Training) / July 25 – July 28, 2022 (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.

Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition

The West Chester University Annual Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition, now it its 33rd year, strives to provide students ages 9-18 with performing opportunities and raise the standard of excellence of young pianists. This is a national competition with no geographic restrictions. There are three age groups with up to five cash prizes awarded in each group. Information regarding repertoire requirements, newly increased prize award amounts, and how to apply is found below.

This year's competition will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 in Swope Music Building on our beautiful West Chester University Campus. The Wells School of Music is excited to bring in Jacobs Music this year as a co-sponsor of this event.

On Sunday, April 16, 2023 in our Ware Family Recital Hall a Recital & Awards Presentation will include performances by the first, second, and third place winner in each group and must be attended by all Honorable Mention winners. Absences in either category will result in cancellation of the award.

**New in 2023 on April 16, a masterclass will be held in the Ware Family Recital Hall from 12:30pm – 2:30pm prior to the Recital & Awards Presentation from 3:00pm-4:30pm. The masterclass will be conducted by one of our esteemed Wells School of Music keyboard faculty members. Students who receive honorable mentions will be invited to perform in the masterclass.

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2023 Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition

Repertoire Requirements

  1. Two pieces from the standard solo literature (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th or 21st Century)
  2. The two pieces must be from different periods and contrasting in style
  3. Beginner level pieces are not acceptable
  4. In the 16 -18 age group, a third piece may be added to meet the minimum 20 minute playing time. A third piece must follow the guidelines in 1 & 2 above.
  5. Pieces requiring anything to be put inside the piano or on the strings are not acceptable
  6. No arrangements
Age 16-18 13-15 9-12
Time Requirement Minimum 20 Minutes
Maximum 30 Minutes
Maximum 17 minutes Maximum 12 minutes

Students are advised that the judges may stop anyone who exceeds the maximum playing time, and may stop any student whose skill level is sufficiently demonstrated before the conclusion of a piece.

Competition time assignments will be sent to all applicants the week of March 13, 2023.

Competitions Guidelines

  • A $100 non-refundable entry fee is required
  • Music must be performed from memory
  • Winners from 2022 may reapply for 2023 in their appropriate age group
  • Previous entrants may reapply, but not with the same pieces
  • No audition recordings required
  • Applicants must supply one publisher’s copy of each of their pieces for the judges
  • No photocopies allowed
  • Applicants must be within the given age ranges as of April 1, 2023, and may not be in college

Awards

16-18 Years Old
  • 1st Place - $2,000
  • 2nd Place - $700
  • 3rd Place - $300
  • Honorable Mention - $100
13-15 Years Old
  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $350
  • 3rd Place - $200
  • Honorable Mention - $75
9-12 Years Old
  • 1st Place - $500
  • 2nd Place - $250
  • 3rd Place - $150
  • Honorable Mention - $50

*Up to two Honorable Mention Awards in each age group will be given at the discretion of the judges

How to Apply

Register online and pay with a credit card (Registration closes on February 26, 2023 at midnight).

For additional information regarding registration or competition guidelines, please contact Joan Stalford, Administrative Assistant for the Departments of Ensembles & Conducting, Instrumental Music, and Vocal & Keyboard Music, at jstalford@wcupa.edu | 610-436-2921

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


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 January 8, 2023, and rehearsals take place on Sundays (2pm-3:30pm) from January 15 – April 16, 2023. The HSHPE performs on the WCU Percussion Ensemble’s spring concert on April 18, 2023 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 received by January 6, 2023)

For further information, email Ralph Sorrentino.

Percussion Ensemble

ALUMNI NEWS

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.

ALUMNI BANDS

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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