Contact Info
Phone: 610-436-2739
Fax: 610-436-2873

Special Programs & Events

summer camp

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 610-436-2739.

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 are held every November, and rehearsals (Sundays from 2pm-3:30pm) take place from January through April. The HSHPE performs as part of the WCU Percussion Ensemble's spring concert in April. Professor Ralph Sorrentino and Dr. Chris Hanning present masterclasses and serve as artistic advisors, and Brent Behrenshausen conducts the ensemble.

Download the program flyer

For more information contact:
Ralph Sorrentino
(610) 436-2831

The Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators

John Villella, Associate Dean, School of Music
J. Bryan Burton, Music Education Department Chair
M. Gregory Martin, Graduate Coordinator

June 23 - August 21, 2014

Download Samuel Barber Institute 2014 Brochure (Acrobat format)

The Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators 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 School of Music may be earned through an intensive four-summer program or a combination of regular semester and summer studies. The Samuel Barber Institute for Educators 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 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

School of Music Graduate Placement Test : Graduate Placement Test, a diagnostic instrument evaluating the potential graduate student's knowledge of music history and literature.

For information contact:
Dr. M. Gregory Martin
(610) 436-2070

The Brandywine International Piano Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

June 16 - 27, 2014

The Piano Institute offers a workshop of intensive study comprising master classes and private lessons, with emphasis on technique, interpretation, and repertoire. All participants have daily access to air conditioned private practice facilities equipped with new Steinway grand pianos and have opportunities for weekly individual conferences. Public performance opportunities are offered to all students who wish to participate.

For information contact:
Dean Timothy Blair
School of Music
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA 19383

Summer Camps

WCU Elementary School and Middle School Summer Music Camps

June 23 - June 27, 2014 (9am to 12noon)

Program Highlights:

  • Large-ensemble and small-ensemble performance opportunities include concert band, string orchestra, flute ensemble, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, brass ensemble and percussion ensemble.
  • Instruction from some of the region's finest educators and performers.
  • Daily faculty demonstrations allow students to see professional musicians perform in an informative and engaging setting.
  • A finale concert, featuring all ensembles, for family and friends on Friday afternoon, June 27.

Cost: $210.00 per student (postmark by May 16, 2014 to qualify for early registration- $195.00)

Download the Middle School Application
Download the Elementary School Application

For information contact:
Ralph Sorrentino
(610) 430-4177

WCU High School Summer Music Institute

Monday, July 7 - Saturday, July 12, 2014

West Chester University's 53rd annual High School Summer Music Institute will take place from Monday, July 7th through Saturday, July 12th. The 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 pizza parties, volleyball and other organized evening activities.

Tuition and camper options:

  • Resident: $675 (includes full camp curriculum, room and board)
  • Resident Early Registration: $650 (if postmarked before May 16, 2014)
  • Commuter: $585 (includes full camp curriculum, daily lunches and dinners)
  • Commuter Early Registration: $560 (if postmarked before May 16, 2014)

Download the Institute's brochure and application.
Download the Rising Senior Scholarship Recommendation Form

For information contact:
Mr. Ralph Sorrentino
(610) 430-4177

Summer Jazz Workshop

Sunday, July 13 - Friday, July 18 , 2014

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 mastercalsses 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: $675 (includes full camp curriculum, room and board)
  • Resident Early Registration: $650 (if postmarked before May 16, 2014)
  • Commuter: $585 (includes full camp curriculum, daily lunches and dinners)
  • Commuter Early Registration: $560 (if postmarked before May 16, 2014)

Undergraduate and Graduate credits are available.

Download the Jazz Workshop flyer and application

For information contact:
Dr. Marc Jacoby
(610) 738-0539

Summer Leadership and Marching Band Camp

July 20 - July 21 , 2014 (Leadership Training)
July 22 - July 25 , 2014
(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 more information and on-line registration, go to