The choral program at West Chester has a long and proud tradition. We are an important part of the University's cultural life, with 250 or more students enrolled each semester in our six ensembles, performing at more than a dozen concerts for large and appreciative audiences. Each year, thousands of people hear a West Chester choir -- not only on campus but through off-campus performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, along the East Coast, and in California, Florida, the desert Southwest, and Europe. Concert Choir and Mastersingers have performed several times at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Together, WCU choirs sing an amazing range of repertory: large choral masterworks with orchestra (both the WCU Symphony Orchestra and professional ensembles like the Philadelphia Classical Symphony), shorter classical pieces, spirituals and folk songs, world music, choruses from opera and musical theatre, and vocal jazz.
Beyond concerts, we regularly bring to campus nationally renowned guest composers and clinicians, have an active ACDA student chapter, and offer educational workshops for teachers and high school students and a graduate M.M. degree in choral conducting. Most importantly, those involved in the WCU choral program find community -- a place where singing abounds, where artistry flourishes, and where lifelong relationships begin.
On our web site, learn more about our six choirs, hear from our students about their experiences, read about our repertory, and learn about our clinics and workshops. See our concert calendar for upcoming events and "like" our Facebook page. Whether you are a high school student intending to study music, a teacher interested in continuing education, or a community member who loves choral music, we hope you will be in touch with us and come hear us sing! Main photo: Concert Choir members and alumni at Wakefield Lodge in England. July 2015.
David P. DeVenney
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities Concert Choir, Men's Chorus,
Ryan Kelly Assistant Professor of Music
Assoc.Dir. of Choral Activities Mastersingers, Cantari Donne,
School of Music, 817 S. High St., West Chester, PA 19383.