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 our website, you will read about 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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Faculty Member Featured in Simulcast
maria uruttia will be performing in Cardell Dance Theater's major new dance, "Supper, People on the Move," which will feature a free public screening at Independence National Historical Park.
Music Alum Wins Citation of Excellence Award
Congratulations to the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Citation of Excellence awardee, Dr. John Villella '76, M'82.
Art + Design Launches Digital Exhibition Experience
With the assistance of Google, the Department of Art + Design has launched the Digital Exhibition Experience with 360 degree views of past and current gallery exhibits.
View an exhibit now.
Theatre and Dance Alum Joins SNL
Congratulations to Brendan Flaherty '10, who recently joined the stage crew of Saturday Night Live as a floor electrician.
Students Perform at National Trumpet Competition
West Chester University's 2014-15 Trumpet Ensemble performed in the semifinals of the National Trumpet Competition.
House Industries Visit to WCU
The Department of Art + Design's AIGA Student Chapter hosted a sold out lecture by House Industries' Andy Cruz.