Department of Ensembles and Conducting

Wells School of Music

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

There are no programs leading to an undergraduate degree in ensembles and conducting. However, the department does offer undergraduate courses in this area.

All undergraduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the undergraduate 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

Joseph Caminiti (2015)

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

AEB

AEB 101. Elementary Band. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 112. Marching Band Front. 1 Credit.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 311. Marching Band. 1 Credit.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 321. Concert Band. 0.5 Credits.

The Concert Band is one of four concert wind bands at West Chester University of Pennsylvania open to majors and non-majors. The Concert Band regularly represents the university during campus concerts and events. The course seeks to enable students to participate in artistically engaging musical performances through the study and preparation of significant wind band literature. No audition is required for participation in the group.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 331. Wind Symphony. 0.5 Credits.

The Wind Symphony is one of four concert wind bands at West Chester University of Pennsylvania open to majors and non-majors. The Wind Symphony regularly represents the university at regional conferences and performance tours. The course seeks to enable students to participate in artistically engaging musical performances through the study and preparation of significant wind band literature. A successful audition is required for participation in the group.
Pre / Co requisites: AEB 331 requires an audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 341. Wind Ensemble. 0.5 Credits.

The Wind Ensemble is one of four concert wind bands at West Chester University of Pennsylvania open to majors and non-majors. The Wind Ensemble regularly represents the university at regional, national, and international conferences and performance tours. The course seeks to enable students to participate in artistically engaging musical performances through the study and preparation of significant wind band literature. A successful audition is required for participation in the group.
Pre / Co requisites: AEB 341 requires an audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEB 351. Chamber Winds. 0.5 Credits.

The Chamber Wind Ensemble is one of four wind bands at West Chester University of Pennsylvania open to majors and non-majors. The Chamber Wind Ensemble regularly represents the university at regional, national, and international conferences as well as biennial European performance tours. The course seeks to enable students to participate in artistically engaging musical performances through the study and preparation of significant wind literature. A successful audition is required for participation in the group.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

AEO

AEO 101. Elementary Orchestra. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Pre / Co requisites: AEO 101 requires prerequisite of ASC 191.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEO 111. Chamber Orchestra. 0.5 Credits.

To deepen students' musical understanding through string and chamber orchestral repertoire in rehearsal and performance. The course is designed to help develop the students' musical and professional skills in preparation for careers in music. Instruction in ensemble protocol, musicianship, and artistry are critical foci. The mission of this course is consistent with the Applied Music Department and curriculum. The mission of the Applied Music Department is to provide an environment that promotes excellence and diversity in our students' preparation for careers in performance as soloists/accompanist/ensemble members, private teachers, and coaches/conductors.
Pre / Co requisites: AEO 111 requires a successful audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AEO 341. Symphony Orchestra. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES

AES 111. Brass Ensemble. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES 121. Percussion Ensemble. 0.5 Credits.

This chamber ensemble is designed to prepare the student to perform a variety of works from the percussion ensemble repertoire, with the competence and musicianship necessary for a successful career as a percussionist. Membership by audition.
Pre / Co requisites: AES 121 requires an audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES 131. String Ensemble. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES 141. Woodwind Ensemble. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES 151. Jazz Ensemble I. 0.5 Credits.

The Criterions is an ensemble with traditional big band instrumentation that performs jazz and jazz related music. Enrollment is determined by auditions scheduled at the start of the Fall semester.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES 152. jazz Ensemble II. 0.5 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AES 153. Latin Jazz Ensemble. 0.5 Credits.

The Latin Jazz Ensemble is a performance group that plays Afro-Cuban and Brazilian genres.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

AIC

AIC 311. Instrumental Conducting I. 2 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

AIC 312. Instrumental Conducting II. 2 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Pre / Co requisites: AIC 312 requires prerequisites of AIC 311 or VOC 311.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

AME

AME 101. Ensembles for Music Minor. 1 Credit.

This course fulfills the ensemble performance requirement for the Music Performance Minor and should be taken every semester a student participates in a large or small ensemble with the exception of Marching Band and Marching Band Front. Students are introduced to wind, orchestral, and vocal literature as well as rehearsal techniques per their specified participation in one of the large or small ensembles offered every semester. Ensemble participation requires an audition. Audition dates and materials will be provided to interested students.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO

CHO 211. Men's Chorus. 0.5 Credits.

A chorus presenting the choral literature for male voices. Open to all male students by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 212. Women's Chorus. 0.5 Credits.

A chorus presenting the choral literature for female voices. Open to all female students by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 311. Mastersingers. 0.5 Credits.

A chorus presenting oratorios, masses, and more difficult mixed choral literature. Open to all students by audition.
Pre / Co requisites: CHO 311 requires admission by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 312. Cantari Donne. 0.5 Credits.

A choral ensemble for upper level treble voices.
Pre / Co requisites: CHO 312 requires admission by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 411. Chamber Choir. 0.5 Credits.

Small group of singers specializing in the performance of Renaissance/Baroque, sacred, and secular literature. Membership by audition.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 412. Concert Choir. 0.5 Credits.

An upper level choral ensemble devoted to acquiring a fine technique in choral singing through the preparation of programs for performance. Membership by audition.
Pre / Co requisites: CHO 412 requires admission by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHO 413. Recital Choir. 0.5-5 Credits.

The primary purpose of the Recital Choir is to serve as a laboratory chorus for the graduate students who are candidates for the Master of Music in Choral Conducting. All students who sing in this ensemble are required to audition for placement.
Pre / Co requisites: CHO 413 requires placement by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.