Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Summer Music Camps for Anyone Interested

I am writing on behalf of the 2015 WCU Elementary School and Middle School Summer Music Camps and the High School Summer Music Institute. I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about our programs and to pass along the attached brochures and applications.

Our Elementary School and Middle School Camps (Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26) offer large ensemble and small ensemble experiences for all students, low student-to-teacher ratios, and daily faculty recitals. Both camps culminate with finale concerts featuring performances by all ensembles. Our Elementary School Camp now features an Elementary School Choral Track- please see the attached flyer for more information. We now offer online registration (with a credit card) for our Elementary School and Middle School Camps- please encourage your students’ parents to visit (the online registration link should be posted sometime soon).

Our High School Summer Music Institute (Monday, July 6 - Saturday, July 11) offers large ensemble and small ensemble experiences for all students, private lessons and studio masterclasses, college prep classes, music theory/ear-training classes, faculty recitals, and finale concerts featuring all ensembles. The Institute’s faculty consists primarily of WCU music professors. We offer an Honors Track (DVD audition required) for advanced students- please consult the brochure for additional information. Acceptance into the Honors Track will include participation in advanced chamber music ensembles. 

Our Jazz Camp (Sunday, July 12 - Friday, July 17) offers jazz ensemble performance opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists. Instruction is offered in the areas of jazz improvisation, jazz styles, arranging and orchestration, music technology and jazz history. Please contact Marc Jacoby ( if you have questions about the Jazz Camp.

Please visit our Facebook page (login at and search “WCU Music Camps”) to view photos and videos from past camps, registration deadlines and other important info. Please “like” the page and encourage others who might be interested in our camps to do the same. 

I’d like to remind those of you who teach high school students about our HS Summer Music Institute scholarship. The scholarship, awarded annually to an incoming freshman WCU music major who attended our HS Institute, is a $2,000 award ($500 per year for four years). Please pass this info along to your students who plan to apply to WCU and encourage them to attend our HS Institute in order to be considered for the scholarship. We also offer scholarships and pre-screening WCU entrance auditions for rising seniors who plan to apply to the WCU School of Music- please visit for more information. 

I have attached the applications for the EL/MS camps, the EL choral flyer, and the brochure and application for the HS Institute/Jazz Camp. Please forward this email to your students’ parents and encourage them to take advantage of our early registration discounts- deadlines can be found in each brochure. I also ask that you forward this email to other teachers in your district who might be interested in our programs. Thanks for your time- please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Professor Ralph Sorrentino
Director, WCU EL/MS Summer Music Camps
Director, WCU HS Summer Music Institute
Assistant Professor of Percussion
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

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