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The Department of Music at West Virginia State University provides rich opportunities for students at WVSU. Whether a music major, music minor, or music lover, students can play or sing in excellent music ensembles, take private lessons from exceptional professional musicians, and expand their own love for and understanding of the musical art through performance and study.

WVSU offers two music degrees — the BFA in Music Performance and the BS in Music Education. Music education majors prepare for careers in elementary, middle, and high school music teaching by becoming sound musicians, cultured individuals, and conscientious pedagogues suited to teach and inspire young students with the power of music. Music performance majors prepare for careers as professional performers and studio music teachers, developing exceptional skill on their major instrument. Music majors take courses in education, theory, history, appreciation, conducting, and technology.

The music department enriches the University's culture by providing students from all academic areas the opportunity to participate in a variety of vibrant musical ensembles, including Concert Choir, State Singers, Marching Band, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and Rock Ensemble. Auditions for these ensembles take place at the beginning of each semester. Each ensemble performs regularly on campus and in various locations throughout the Kanawha Valley. Select ensembles tour annually. Recent tours have taken students to Austria, New York City, Virginia Beach, St. Louis, Cleveland, Mobile, and Washington D.C. The Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed as invited guests in Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Lincoln Center in Washington D.C., and the State Singers performed at the Southern Division American Choral Directors Conference as members of the HBCU Honor Choir.

For more information about music study at WVSU, ensemble participation, private music lessons, or to schedule an audition to major in music, please contact Dr. Dirk Johnson, Music Department Chair, at 304-766-3342 or via email at djohnson17@wvstateu.edu.
 
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The WVSU Department of Music offers two degrees — the BFA in Music Performance and the BS in Music Education.
 
BFA in Music Performance
 
Music performance majors prepare for careers as professional performers and studio music teachers, developing exceptional skill on their major instrument. Music performance majors take courses in performance, theory, history, conducting, literature, pedagogy, and technology. Please click the links below to see the requirements for the degree and the suggested semester-by-semester outline to graduation.
 
BFA in Music Performance Curriculum Sheet
BFA in Music Performance Suggested Course Outline (Vocal)
BFA in Music Performance Suggested Course Outline (Instrumental)
 
 
BFA in Music Education
 
Music education majors prepare for careers in elementary, middle, and high school music teaching by becoming sound musicians, cultured individuals, and conscientious pedagogues suited to teach and inspire young students with the power of music. Music majors take courses in education, performance, theory, history, conducting, and technology. Please click the links below to see the requirements for the degree and the suggested semester-by-semester outline to graduation.
 
BFA in Music Education Curriculum Sheet
BFA in Music Education Suggested Course Outline
 
Note: the BS in Music Education Degree is awarded by the Education Department within the College of Professional Studies. Please refer to the Education Department website for additional essential information about this degree.
 
 
For additional information about music degrees at WVSU, please contact Dr. Dirk Johnson, Music Department Chair, at 304-766-3342 or vial email at djohnson17@wvstateu.edu
 
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University Admission Requirements
 
West Virginia State University Admission Requirements
Please see pages 18–22 in the 2020–2021 University Catalog for information regarding University admissions policies for first-time freshman, transfer students, and transient students.
 
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Please see pages 24–36 in the 2020–2021 University Catalog for information on financial aid, University scholarships, and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All students seeking student loans, grants, and scholarships (including those offered by the Department of Music) are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. More information is available at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
 
 
Music Department Audition Requirements
 
Students are admitted into the BFA in Music Performance and BS in Music Education through audition. Audition requirements for each instrument are found below. To schedule an audition, contact Dr. Dirk Johnson, Music Department Chair, at djohnson17@wvstateu.edu or 304-766-3342.
 
Woodwinds
Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon
All major scales over the full range of the instrument
Chromatic scale slurred over the full range of the instrument
Two contrasting works from the standard solo repertoire. These can include entire pieces or individual movements from significant concerti or sonatas. One work may be a concert etude composed for the instrument.
Oboe and Saxophone
All major scales and chromatic scale slurred over the full range of the instrument
Two contrasting works from the standard solo repertoire. These can include entire pieces or individual movements from significant concerti or sonatas. One work may be a concert etude (e.g. 48 Famous Etudes for Oboe or Saxophone by F.W. Ferling) composed for the instrument.
 
Brass
Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba/Euphonium
All major scales and chromatic scale
Two contrasting works from the standard solo repertoire. These may be single movements from a concerto or sonata.
One etude.
Applicants for the performance major are encouraged to prepare anything else that might strengthen their audition (such as prepared orchestral excerpts, etc).
 
Percussion (B.S. in Music Education)
Snare Drum
One concert style solo or etude demonstrating closed rolls, flams, ruffs, dynamics, and rhythmic precision. Suggested list: Delecluse, Peters, Cirone, Tompkins, or equivalent.
or
One rudimental style solo or etude demonstrating double stroke rolls, flams, drag, and other rudiments. Suggested list: Pratt, Wilcoxon, or equivalent.
Mallets
One two-mallet solo. Suggested list: Bach violin or cello transcription, Green Ragtime piece, Goldenberg etude, or equivalent.  Scales: All major scales in one octave. 
Timpani 
Solo or etude for 3 or 4 timpani. Suggested list: Goodman, Hochrainer, Peters, Delecluse, or equivalent
Ability to tune timpani by matching pitches played on the piano.
Drum Set (optional)
Demonstrate one grove for each of the following styles: Jazz, Rock, and Latin.
 
Percussion (B.F.A. in Music Performance)
Snare Drum
One concert style solo or etude demonstrating closed rolls, flams, ruffs, dynamics, and rhythmic precision. Suggested list: Delecluse, Peters, Cirone, Tompkins, or equivalent.
One rudimental style solo or etude demonstrating double stroke rolls, flams, drag, and other rudiments. Suggested list: Pratt, Wilcoxon, or equivalent.
Mallets
One two-mallet solo. Suggested list: Bach violin or cello transcription, Green Ragtime piece, Goldenberg etude, or equivalent.
One four-mallet solo, Suggested list: Quartier Image, Peters Sea Refractions, Peters Yellow After the Rain, Zivkovic Funny Mallets book 1, or equivalent.  Scales: All major scales in 2 octaves. 
Timpani
Solo or etude for 3 or 4 timpani. Suggested list: Goodman, Hochrainer, Peters, Delecluse, or equivalent.
Ability to tune timpani by matching pitches played on the piano and ability to tune the following intervals: major 3rd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, and perfect 5th.
Drum Set (optional)
Demonstrate one grove for each of the following styles: Jazz, Rock, and Latin.
 
Strings
Violin, Viola, and Cello
An etude from etude books appropriate for each instrument such as Fiorillo, Kreutzer, Dont, Rode, Mazas, Kayser, Popper, etc.
Two contrasting works from two different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century or 21st Century) of the standard solo repertoire. These can include entire works or individual movements from a major concerto, sonata, or suite.
Two or three octave scales may be requested at the audition
Double Bass and Electric Bass
1 to 2 Octave Major and Minor Scales. 
An etude from Simandl’s “30 Studies for the Development of Tone” or a book of comparable difficulty. 
1 to 2 Contrasting works from the standard solo double bass repertoire such as a Baroque sonata, a concerto, or solos of equal difficulty. 
 
Guitar
The audition for the guitar studio is an overall evaluation. Most applicants are not equally strong in all areas; in some cases, a deficiency in one area may be mitigated by excelling in another.
Sight reading Fluency in basic sight reading skills is required, and is possibly the most important element of the audition. With hard work, an acceptable level of sight reading ability can be achieved in a matter of a few months. Recommended Preparation: Leavitt, Wm., A Modern Method for guitar, Berklee Series, Vol. 1 (Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Publications). pp. 4-59
Scales Movable Major Scale Patterns, any key. Useful fingerings may be found in Berklee, Vol. 1 (pp. 60, 70,80, 90, 100); the “3 notes per string” system; or the Segovia Diatonic Major and Minor Scales (Belwin Mills Publishing Co.)
Chord Vocabulary Ability to play chords to a jazz tune, in tempo, from a lead sheet or jazz fakebook, is required.
Improvisation on a blues or jazz standard of your choice. For this, play-along CDs, such as the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Aids series, are highly recommended and can be mailed to you through Volkwein’s Music (Pittsburgh: 1-800-553-8742; 412-788-5900) or purchased locally. Recommended: “Nothin’ But Blues” or “Blues in All Keys.”
Solo Pieces Two pieces for the solo guitar, in contrasting style. Pieces from the classical repertoire or jazz standards are preferred. NOT acceptable: any piece which is not complete or not meant for guitar alone, such as an accompaniment for voice or any other instrument; part of an arrangement for a band; or supported by another instrument (e.g., bass, piano, or another guitar).
Piano
All major scales and chromatic scale, two octaves in both hands
Three works from the standard piano literature representing three different style periods: examples of selections include works from the baroque period (Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, etc.), a sonata movement from the classical period (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, etc.), a romantic work (Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, etc.), or a contemporary work (Debussy, Copland, Bartók, etc.). A fourth additional piece of the applicant’s choice may also be included.
 
Voice
A minimum of three songs, two of which should be from the standard classical art song repertoire. At least one of the two should be in a foreign language such as French, Italian, or German. The third song may be classical, or it may come from the musical theatre repertoire.
All songs should be sung from memory. An accompanist will be provided, and the applicant should bring a copy of the music for the accompanist.
The audition includes a sight singing and aural skills assessment.
 
 
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Scholarships

Generous scholarships are available for music majors at WVSU. If you are interested in majoring in music, please contact Dr. Dirk Johnson at djohnson17@wvstateu.edu for information.
 
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Get involved: Ensembles and Lessons
 

The Department of Music has a variety of thriving music ensembles that perform regularly, both on and off campus. These include Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, State Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Woodwind Ensemble. Participation is open to students from all academic majors who sing or play an instrument and want to meet new people, improve their musicianship, and be a part of exciting performances. Please come join!

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Austin Seybert (austin.seybert@wvstateu.edu) for the WVSU Bands and instrumental chamber ensembles, Dr. Scott Woodard (swoodar1@wvstateu.edu) for the Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dr. Dirk Johnson (djohnson17@wvstateu.edu) for the WVSU Choirs.


Please visit the WVSU Music Facebook page for information about upcoming concerts and other events.

 

WVSU CHOIRS

WVSU is a great place for students who love to sing. The Department of Music has two choirs for WVSU students, State A Cappella and the State Singers vocal ensemble.

 

STATE A CAPPELLA

State A Cappella is open to all students who love to sing and enjoy performing at a high level of excellence. The choir performs choral music from a wide variety of styles, including classical, folk song, African American spirituals, and world music, but with an emphasis on music theatre, jazz, and pop arrangements in the university A Cappella tradition. Any interested student is encouraged to register for MUS 150. There will be a short (and not scary!) screening audition during the first week of class. Please contact Dr. Dirk Johnson for additional information at djohnson17@wvstateu.edu.

State A Cappella presents two concerts on campus each semester and performs frequently at campus events and community events throughout the Kanawha Valley. It also performs as an invited choir with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra on their annual “Songs of the Season” holiday pops concert and in major choral/orchestral works performed on their Symphonic Series. Past collaborations have also included serving as guest choir on the WVSO’s Pops series concerts "The Music of Queen" and “Video Game Live.”

 

STATE SINGERS

The State Singers is an auditioned touring ensemble of 8-12 singers that specializes in vocal jazz and performs other styles of music intended for small vocal ensemble. Auditions occur in the first two days of each semester, and participation typically requires a full-year commitment. The State Singers act as ambassadors for the University and frequently perform off campus for important community and cultural events. The choir also tours each spring. Recent tours have taken the group to New York City, Washington D.C., Virginia Beach, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Mobile. They recently performed at the Southern Division American Choral Directors Conference as members of the HBCU Honor Choir. To schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Dirk Johnson at djohnson17@wvstateu.edu. 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Percussion Ensemble is the primary way a percussionist cultivates chamber music skills. The students will perform repertoire from various genres of music in ensembles ranging from duets to large ensemble pieces needing 10 or more players. One main concert is held at the end of each semester with other outreach performances possible.

 

PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The WVSU Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, which is comprised of WVSU students, community members, and the Universities’ musicians in residence, the Montclaire String Quartet, performs throughout the academic semester on campus and in the greater Charleston area. The orchestra represents the University in performance in festival performances such as the Viennese Masters Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 22nd, 2018. Open to all WVSU students and members of the Charleston community.

 

MARCHING BAND

The Yellow Jacket Marching band performs during the Fall semester at all home football games, parades, and special invitational events, such as high school marching band festivals.

SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE

One of the state's finest collegiate wind ensembles, this ensemble offers students an opportunity to perform and study music in a variety of styles through the medium of a large wind band, including the standard repertoire for band and popular selections of the 20th century.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Well known as one of West Virginia's finest college jazz bands, the jazz ensemble enjoys performing and touring throughout the region. Past tours include Austria and Washington, D.C. Open to all WVSU students by audition.

 

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

The Music Department offers various chamber ensembles for students to participate in. These include the Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and the audition-only vocal ensemble, State Singers.

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  • General Education
  • Music Education
  • Music, Theory
  • Music History and Literature
  • Ensembles
  • Applied Music
     

GENERAL EDUCATION

104. AMERICAN MUSIC: A PANORAMA (3 credit hours)
American music in the twentieth century is notable in its diversity. Composers, performers, and consumers are attracted to many media and many styles. This broad panorama or spectrum includes: orchestral music, chamber music, jazz music, rock music, church music, and varying types of folk music. The many faces of American Music will be heard, analyzed, and discussed.

107. APPRECIATION OF MUSIC (3 credit hours)
An introduction to music for the non-major through historical survey and the development of listening skills. The individuals in the class will expect to understand the basic elements of music in order to develop competence in the aural analysis of music. The development of music will be examined in the light of historical events, and will be integrated with developments in the other arts, literature, and the humanities.


MUSIC EDUCATION

105. MUSIC SKILLS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS (2 credit hours)
The basic principles of music theory as applied to elementary school teaching: notation, sightsinging, key signatures, meter signatures, scale resources, and simple harmonic structures. Introduction of recorders and piano for simple song accompaniment.

106. MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES (2 credit hours)
A continuation of Music 105 with increased emphasis on materials and procedures as applied to music teaching on the elementary school level. Projects include rote songs, part songs, rhythmic games and dances, and preparing a music resource unit. Utilization of classroom instruments such as recorder, piano, melody bells, autoharp, and percussion. Prerequisite: MUS 105.

123. VOICE CLASS (1 credit hour)
Basic instruction in proper vocal production, including breathing, phonation, resonance and diction; knowledge of physiology of the voice; and development of a basic repertoire. Designed for non- music and non-vocal music majors who read music. Prerequisite: Ability to read music.

124. VOICE CLASS (1 credit hour)
A continuation of Music 123; further instruction in vocal techniques including expansion of range and dynamic capabilities; and expansion of repertoire.Prerequisite: MUS 123 or demonstrated equivalence.

207. CHORAL CONDUCTING (3 credit hours)
Introduction to basic conducting techniques. Choral conducting techniques and problems: rehearsal and performance procedures, development of stylistic interpretation, score reading and analysis. Practical application through the media of the Concert Choir and a vocal ensemble comprised of class participants. Prerequisite: MUS 101. Concurrent MUS 150.

305. WOODWINDS AND STRINGS: CLASS INSTRUCTION (3 credit hours)
A study of correct tone production, technical procedures, care of the various instruments, and an introduction to the appropriate literature for different grade levels.

306. BRASS AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS: CLASS INSTRUCTION (3 credit hours)
A study of correct tone production, technical procedures, care of the various instruments, and an introduction to the appropriate literature for different grade levels.

307. INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING (3 credit hours)
Study of instrumental conducting techniques and problems: rehearsal and performance procedures, baton techniques, and development of musical interpretation. The practical aspects of conducting a rehearsal and performance through the media of the Marching/Concert Band and instrumental ensembles comprised of class participants.Prerequisites: MUS 101 and 207.

308. ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to familiarize students with the basics of electronic music.  Focus is on commercial music production and the creation of pieces of radio/TV commercials, short documentary films, and entertainment.  Instruction in computer-based composition, sequencing, score preparation, and recording through the use of the current software.  Arranged lab hours are required.  Prerequisites: MUS 101 or 105 and C S 106 or permission of instructor.

313. TEACHING MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS (3 credit hours)
Materials, techniques, and procedures for teaching vocal and instrumental music in the elementary and middle schools. Familiarization with Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff approaches, and utilization of classroom instruments such as recorder, piano, melody bells, autoharp, guitar, and percussion.Prerequisite: EDUC 316.

314. TEACHING MUSIC IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS (3 credit hours)
A unified and balanced approach to the study of music instruction at the middle and senior high school levels. Phases and problems of the choral and instrumental program, as well as the area of music education directed and influenced by the philosophy that music is a significant and integral part of man's intellectual and aesthetic growth.Prerequisite: EDUC 316.


MUSIC THEORY

101. ELEMENTARY THEORY I (3 credit hours)
A beginning course in music theory that includes the comprehensive study of the components of music: notation; scales, tonality; key, and modes; intervals and transposition; chords; cadences and nonharmonic tones; melodic organization; texture.The ability to read music and play an instrument or sing is required.

110. ELEMENTARY PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
Course designed for persons with little or no previous musical background. All major scales, simple melodies in all major keys, and simple chord structures are studied. Two class hours.

115. ELEMENTARY AURAL THEORY I (1 credit hour)
Material of easy to moderately easy tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythm reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; internal and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.

102. ELEMENTARY THEORY II (3 credit hours)
A continuation of the development of writing and analytical skills. This course includes the study of music structures and forms, binary and ternary, through style analysis; the specific language of dominant seventh chords; other seventh chords, secondary dominant chords, altered tones, and modulation.Prerequisite: MUS 101.

111. PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
A continuation of the beginning piano class, which introduces the student to minor keys and chords, use of the sostenuto pedal, rhythmic and coordination techniques. Two class hours. Prerequisite: MUS 110.

116. ELEMENTARY AURAL THEORY II (1 credit hour)
Material of moderately easy to moderate tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythmic reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; interval and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.Prerequisite: MUS 115.

201. ADVANCED THEORY I (3 credit hours)
A continuation and expansion of the elementary theory background by focusing on musical styles from the Renaissance to the 18th century. Includes more complex chords and analysis of musical procedures found in polyphonic compositions from the Renaissance and Baroque and procedures such as theme and variation, rondo, and sonata form found in homophonic compositions from the classical era. Analytical, historical, and compositional perspectives are stressed for students' added insight into performance of their own musical repertoire. Prerequisites: MUS 102, 116

210. PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
Introduces the student to the piano literature in Classics to Moderns, harmonization and inversion of chords to fit melodies, and simple transposition procedures. Two class hours. Prerequisite: MUS 111.

215. ADVANCED AURAL THEORY I (1 credit hour)
Material of moderate to moderately difficult tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythm reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; internal and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.Prerequisite: MUS 116.

202. ADVANCED THEORY II (3 credit hours)
A continuation and expansion of MUS 201 by studying musical styles of the Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary eras, focusing on harmonic devices which increase dissonance and chromaticism and lead ultimately to the end of tonality. Analytical, historical, and compositional perspectives continue to be stressed to increase the musical maturity and well-roundedness of the student. Prerequisite: MUS 201,
215.

211. PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
A continuation into the piano literature from Classics to Moderns, more advanced harmonization and chording of melodies, and more advanced procedures of transposition and modulation. Two class hours. Final examination is a Piano Proficiency Examination.Prerequisite: MUS 210.201.

216. ADVANCED AURAL THEORY II (1 credit hour)
Material of moderately difficult to difficult tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythmic reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; interval and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.Prerequisite: MUS 215.

205. JAZZ IMPROVISATION AND ARRANGING (3 credit hours)
The functions of this course will be two-fold: (1) the exploration of various procedures and techniques in rhythmic and melodic improvisation as applied to the voice and other instruments; (2) the study of chord inversions, voice leading, and instrumental color in composing and arranging for the large and small jazz ensemble.

405. ORCHESTRATION AND ARRANGING (3 credit hours)
Technical and scoring aspects of the various band and orchestra instruments, as they are employed in chamber and large ensembles. Special effects peculiar to each instrumental family will be discussed; and the special problems in transcribing from one medium to another will be analyzed. Projects will be performed by students in the class and other ensembles in the department.Prerequisite: MUS 102 or permission of instructor.


MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE

221. SACRED VOCAL-CHORAL LITERATURE (3 credit hours)
An overview of music literature for the church, with particular attention given to the more accessible literature of the last several centuries. Study of both solo and ensemble works and their historical functions in the worship service. Also involves some basic aspects of choral arranging and editing for performance.

303. HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF MUSIC (3 credit hours)
Historical survey of music history and literature from Antiquity through the Baroque. Emphasis is placed on the origin of the theories of music, the distinct role of the church, the development of forms, and the musicians responsible for the major developments in Western musical style. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

304. HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF MUSIC (3 credit hours)
A continuation of the historical survey of music history and literature spanning the periods referred to as Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Modern. A study of the larger forms and genres: sonata, concerto, symphony, song cycle, and opera, as they relate to their origin, historical development and performance practices. Research projects many be required in order to gain better insight into the great works of musical literature, past and present. Prerequisite: MUS 102, 203.


ORGANIZATIONS AND ENSEMBLES

130. STATE SINGERS (1 credit hour)
Select vocal jazz ensemble of 8-12 voices. Repertoire focuses on vocal jazz but also incorporates a wide range of styles appropriate for a small vocal ensemble. Singers perform with individual microphones and are trained in the use of sound equipment. Three class hours. Prerequisites: Audition required, concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir.

150. CONCERT CHOIR (1 credit hour)
This organization offers the student the opportunity to learn concepts of ensemble singing and to study representative choral literature from all music periods. Some semesters will include work on a major choral work (cantata, oratorio, etc.) Open to all college students. Three class hours.

160. MARCHING BAND/FALL SEMESTER (1 credit hour)
Open to all students at the College, music majors and non-music majors alike, in the Fall Semester to enhance the football program.  The band program offers the student an opportunity to perform and study music in a variety of styles for performance at all home football games and at special invitational events and parades.  Students may participate by playing musical instruments. Six class hours.

161. SYMPHONIC BAND/SPRING SEMESTER  (1 credit hour)
Open to all students at the College, music majors and non-music majors alike, in the Spring Semester. The band program offers the student an opportunity to perform and study music in a variety of styles through the medium of a large wind band, including the standard repertoire for band and popular selections of the 20th century. Six class hours.

170. JAZZ ENSEMBLE (1 credit hour)
The performance and study of historical and current styles in the area of jazz, rock, and popular music. An additional emphasis on stimulating creative improvisation and composition. Three class hours.Prerequisites: Audition required, concurrent enrollment in a major ensemble.


APPLIED MUSIC

191, 192, 291, 292. APPLIED MUSIC (1 credit hour)
Weekly arranged lessons with a specialist on the instrument that the student has chosen as a major or minor interest.  Literature studies and performance requirements are assigned according to the degree of proficiency of the student. Prerequisite: Lower level applied music courses must be taken in numerical order.

391, 392, 491, 492. ADVANCED APPLIED MUSIC (2 credit hours)
Weekly arranged lessons in advanced applied music for students entering their junior and senior years.  Literature studies and performance requirements are assigned by the instructor with the appropriate level of difficulty for the degree of proficiency of the student.Prerequisite: MUS 191, 192, 291, and 292. Upper level applied music courses must be taken in numerical order.
 

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Fall 2020 Event Dates

WVSU Music Department



 

Instrumental Recital:             Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

 

Ivy Hodges Senior Recital:         Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

 

Cedrick Farmer Senior Recital:     Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

 

Vocal Recital:                  Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

 

Elaina Smith Senior Recital:         Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m.

 

Orchestra:                  Tuesday, Oct. 13 (Recording session for later streaming)

 

Brass Ensemble:               Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. 

 

WVSU Choirs:            Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

 

Click here for directions to the WVSU Davis Fine Arts Center.
All events listed will be held in the F.S. Belcher Theater in the Davis Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
 

Note: Fall 2020 concerts and recitals can have a maximum of 25 live audience members. Each event will be livestreamed for wider audience participation.

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The Montclaire String Quartet
Yip Wai Chow - Violin I
Jennifer Wood - Violin II
Bernard DiGregorio - Viola
Andrea DiGregorio - Cello

The Montclaire String Quartet
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowPart-Time Faculty
Andrea  DiGregorio 
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Cello and Double Bass
adigregori1@wvstateu.edu

Bernard DiGregorio 
Adjunct Instructor: Viola
Bdigreorio1@wvstateu.edu

Christopher Engel
Adjunct Instructor: Piano
christopher.engel@wvstateu.edu

Lindsey Goodman
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Flute
lgoodman@wvstateu.edu

Mark Haas
Adjunct Instructor: Applied percussion, Percussion Ensemble
mark.haas@wvstateu.edu

Ashley  Miller
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Voice
ashley.miller@wvstateu.edu

Randall Reid-Smith
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Voice
randall.reidsmith@wvstateu.edu

Robert  Turizziani
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Clarinet
rturrizzian@wvstateu.edu

Phil  Washington
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Guitar, Applied Electric Bass
Phone: (304) 766-3277
pwashin1@wvstateu.edu

Andrew  Winter
Adjunct Instructor: Applied Guitar, Applied Electric Bass
awinter2@wvstateu.edu

Jennifer Wood
Adjunct Instructor: Violin
jwood17@wvstateu.edu



 

Faculty & Staff

Christopher
Christopher Clark, M.M.
Instructor - Saxophone and Music Theory
Phone: (304) 766-3199
clarkcm@wvstateu.edu
Brittany
Brittany Fletcher
Academic Program Associate
Phone: (304)766-3126
arts.humanities@wvstateu.edu
Dirk
Dirk Johnson, D.M.A.
Chair of Music, Associate Professor & Director of Choral Activites
Phone: (304) 766-3342
djohnson17@wvstateu.edu
Austin
Austin Seybert D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands
Phone: 304-766-3186
austin.seybert@wvstateu.edu
Katherine
Katherine  Seybert M.M.
Visiting Instructor
Phone: 304-766-3126
The Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed as invited guests in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Dirk
Dirk Johnson, D.M.A.
Chair of Music, Associate Professor & Director of Choral Activites
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
303 Davis Fine Arts
Phone: (304) 766-3342
djohnson17@wvstateu.edu
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