Department of Ensembles and Conducting

Wells School of Music

West Chester University,
West Chester, PA 19383
Department of Ensembles and Conducting
Dr. DeVenney, Interim Chairperson

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Master's Program in Ensembles and Conducting

All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

Admission Requirements for the M.M. in Performance

In addition to the general requirements for admission to degree programs in music, performance applicants must:

  1.  Schedule an interview with the graduate coordinator and the department chairperson
  2.  Submit a repertoire list
  3.  Demonstrate performance ability at an advanced level by performing for an audition committee

Vocal performance applicants must audition with a program, including selections drawn from Italian art song, German Lied, French melodie, opera, and oratorio as well as demonstrate diction competency in Italian, German, and French. Students lacking nine undergraduate credits in another language must remove this deficiency before candidacy.

Admission Requirements for the M.M. in Performance - Conducting Concentration

In addition to the general requirements for admission to degree programs in music, conducting applicants must:

  1. Submit transcripts showing completion of a bachelor's degree in music
  2. Demonstrate conducting ability at an advanced level by performing for an audition committee and submitting a video recording

All graduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.

Professors

David P. Devenney (1996)

Interim Chairperson, Ensembles and Conducting

B.M., Iowa State University; M.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison; D.M.A., Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski (2008)

Diploma of Modern Languages, Numaz-Droz School (Switzerland); Prix de Trompette, Conservatoire de Musique de Tueil-Malmaison (France); M.M., University of Maine; D.M.A., Arizona State University

Marc M. Jacoby (2005)

B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music; M.M., Ph.D., Northwestern University

Andrew Yozviak (2009)

B.S., West Chester University; M.M., Indiana University, Bloomington; D.M.A., Rutgers University

Associate Professor

Ryan M. Kelly (2013)

B.M., Houston Baptist University; M.M., University of Oklahoma; D.M.A., Michigan State University

Instructor

Joseph Caminiti (2015)

B.A., Calvin College; M.M., Ithaca College

AEB

AEB 511. Marching Band. 1 Credit.

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Typically offered in Fall.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 521. Concert Band. 1 Credit.

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Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 541. Wind Ensemble. 1 Credit.

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Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEO

AEO 531. Chamber Orchestra. 1 Credit.

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Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEO 541. Symphony Orchestra. 1 Credit.

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Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES

AES 511. Chamber Recital. 2 Credits.

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AES 512. Instrumental Ensemble. 1 Credit.

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Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AIC

AIC 512. Advanced Instrumental Conducting. 2 Credits.

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Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

AIC 541. Applied Instrumental Conducting I. 3 Credits.

Advanced individual instruction in instrumental conducting, culminating in a full master's recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

AIC 542. Applied Instrumental Conducting II. 3 Credits.

Advanced individualized instruction in instrumental conducting building on accomplishments in AIC 541 and culminating in a full master's recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

AIC 543. Applied Instrumental Conducting III. 3 Credits.

Advanced individualized instruction in instrumental conducting building on accomplishments in AIC 542 and culminating in a full master's recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHO

CHO 511. Masterworks Chorus. 1 Credit.

A large mixed chorus presenting oratorios, masses, and advanced-level choral literature. Permission of instructor.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 541. Applied Choral Conducting I. 3 Credits.

Advanced individualized instruction in choral conducting, culminating in a full master's recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHO 542. Applied Choral Conducting II. 3 Credits.

Advanced individualized instruction in choral conducting, culminating in a full master's recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHO 543. Applied Choral Conducting III. 3 Credits.

Advanced individualized instruction in choral conducting, culminating in a full master's recital. Admission by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHO 611. Chamber Choir. 1 Credit.

A consort of 15-25 singers specializing in the performance of sacred and secular vocal music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. By audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 612. Concert Choir. 1 Credit.

A mixed chorus of 35-45 singers performing sacred and secular choral literature of all periods and styles. By audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 697. Choral Conducting Recital. 0 Credits.

Master's in Choral Conducting degree recital.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.
Repeatable for Credit.