Department of Instrumental Music

Wells School of Music

West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Department of Instrumental Music
Dr. Sorrentino, Chairperson

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Master's Program in Instrumental Music

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.

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.

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.

Professors

Karen Dannessa (2005)

B.M., Youngstown State University; M.M., Michigan State University; D.M., Florida State University

Henry Grabb (1992)

B.A., University of Central Florida; M.M., Northwestern University of Illinois; D.M., Florida State University

Ovidiu Marinescu (2003)

B.M., Music Bucharest Conservatory; M.M., University of Wisconsin; D.M.A., Temple University

Kimberley Reighley (2005)

B.M., M.M., D.M.A., Temple University

Associate Professors

Daniel E. Cherry (2014)

B.M., Capital University; M.M., D.M.A., University of Cincinnati

John Fowler (2012)

B.M., University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music; M.M., Temple University; D.M.A., Rutgers University

Elizabeth L. Pfaffle (2012)

B.A., B.M.Ed, Ohio State University; M.M., Akron University; Mus.D., Indiana University

Assistant Professors

John A. Gaarder (1999)

B.M., University of Wisconsin - Madison; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

Peter Paulsen (1989)

B.M., West Chester University

Instructors

Gloria Galante (1993)

B.S., West Chester University

Ralph Sorrentino (2016)

Chairperson, Instrumental Music

B.M., B.S., Ed.D., West Chester University; M.M., Temple University

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.

AIM

AIM 511. Marching Band Techniques and Materials. 3 Credits.

A survey of the function of the total marching band and of each component in the band.
Typically offered in Fall.

AIM 679. Special Subjects Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

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Repeatable for Credit.

AIM 680. Special Subjects Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

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AIM 681. Independent Study In Music. 1 Credit.

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Repeatable for Credit.

AIM 682. Independent Study In Music. 2 Credits.

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Repeatable for Credit.

AIM 683. Independent Study In Music. 3 Credits.

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Repeatable for Credit.

AIM 691. Research Seminar In Music. 2 Credits.

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Repeatable for Credit.

AIM 692. Research Seminar In Music. 1 Credit.

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Repeatable for Credit.

AIM 696. Recital Instrument. 1 Credit.

For music education majors in lieu of research report.

AIM 697. Recital Instrumental. 2 Credits.

For performance majors.

ALC

ALC 511. Brass Literature. 3 Credits.

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ALC 512. Brass Literature I. 1 Credit.

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ALC 513. Brass Literature II. 1 Credit.

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ALC 514. Brass Literature III. 1 Credit.

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ALC 522. Guitar Literature. 1 Credit.

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ALC 524. Guitar Literature III. 1 Credit.

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ALC 532. String Literature I. 1 Credit.

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ALC 533. String Literature II. 1 Credit.

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ALC 534. String Literature III. 1 Credit.

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ALC 542. Woodwind Literature I. 1 Credit.

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ALC 543. Woodwind Literature II. 1 Credit.

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ALC 544. Woodwind Literature III. 1 Credit.

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ALC 551. Instrumental Literature. 3 Credits.

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ALC 552. Percussion Literature I. 1 Credit.

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ALC 553. Percussion Literature II. 1 Credit.

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ALC 554. Percussion Literature III. 1 Credit.

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AMC

AMC 521. Master Class (Percussion). 1 Credit.

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AMC 531. Master Class (Strings). 1 Credit.

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Repeatable for Credit.

MIP

MIP 510. Musician Injury Prevention. 1 Credit.

This course investigates injury prevention and treatment for performing musicians.
Typically offered in Spring.

MWB

MWB 536. Marching Band Techniques Workshop. 1-3 Credits.

Marching Band Workshop (1-3) A comprehensive marching band conference for the total marching band program. Foremost authorities offer instruction in their fields.
Typically offered in Summer.

MWB 537. Marching Band Techniques Workshop. 1-3 Credits.

Marching Band Workshop (1-3) A comprehensive marching band conference for the total marching band program. Foremost authorities offer instruction in their fields.
Typically offered in Summer.

MWB 538. Marching Band Techniques Workshop. 1-3 Credits.

Marching Band Workshop (1-3) A comprehensive marching band conference for the total marching band program. Foremost authorities offer instruction in their fields.
Typically offered in Summer.

MWB 539. Marching Band Techniques Workshop. 1-3 Credits.

Marching Band Workshop (1-3) A comprehensive marching band conference for the total marching band program. Foremost authorities offer instruction in their fields.
Typically offered in Summer.