WCU Women Speak Performers Needed

From: WCU – Communication <wcu-communication@wcupa.edu>
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM
To: Nicole Kemp <nkemp@wcupa.edu>
Subject: WCU Women Speak Performers Needed- Copy

WCU Women Speak Performers Needed!


Be part of the 2nd WCU Women Speak event! WCU Women Speak is designed to give women the opportunity to express themselves and share their personal stories with the campus community. By allowing women to illustrate their experiences, both positive and negative, we hope to provide an inviting, respectful, and encouraging space to celebrate our unique and extraordinary backgrounds.




Let those creative juices flow over winter break! Submit an application and performance piece for this event. A small committee will review these materials for content and appropriateness. We encourage you to consult with the Women’s Center (220 Lawrence) about your performance if you have questions!


Enjoy your winter break!






Alicia Hahn-Murphy, MS


Director, Women’s Center

Lawrence Center 220


Mentoring Monday: Career Goals: More Than Meets The Eye

Career Goals: More Than Meets the Eye
Angie Grau, School of Music Mentor

Music is a multi-faceted art. As we all know, there is so much more than the black dots we read on a page. Throughout your undergraduate career here at West Chester you will get exposure to many of those facets, and it may feel overwhelming. You may feel conflicted with where your true passions lie. That is alright! It is a good thing to have knowledge in many of the areas of music, and in the long run you can only benefit from this renaissance-type of education. But, where do I go from here? Here are some tips to help you along in your journey to finding our Career goals:

This is an obvious one, but many young students at WCU do it anyways. My high school choir director—who was fantastic!—was an OBOE major. Yes, oboe. Her dream was to teach high school band. But now she teaches choir and loves every moment of it. My first co-op is a similar story, except now she teaches elementary general music. You never know what types of careers may interest you, and so you should never say “no” simply because you have never tried it or because “I’m a choir person”.

As many as you can! PCMEA and ACDA hold conferences throughout the year, and our student chapters fundraise in order to lower the prices! Becoming a member of these organizations is very easy and inexpensive. Get your money’s worth out of these memberships! Also, inquire to your studio professor about any competitions or festivals that may be going on. NATS (the National Association for Teachers of Singing) holds conferences each year in which singers can compete for cash prizes! I attended the NATS Eastern Regional Conference last year and it changed my life. The panel discussions, master classes, and workshops the members held were fantastic, and the helped me shape my career goals. Not only is travelling fun and a great stress-relief from classes, but you may learn a thing or two about yourself along the way.

Your diploma will say one of four things: Music education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, or Music Elective Studies. But, your qualifications extend beyond one simple phrase. The experiences you have here will show you that your career is not necessarily determined by your degree program. However, in order to obtain these degrees you must take additional classes, namely: Music History, Choral/Instrumental Conducting, and Instrument-specific Pedagogy. You can easily make careers out of any of these courses. Just look at our professors! Dr. DeVenney and Dr. Yozviak are conductors; Dr. Balthazar and Dr. Onderdonk are musicologists; Dr. Rozin and Dr. Maggio are composers! Each studio professor has a great deal of knowledge regarding “the science and art of teaching” their specific instruments. This leads me to number 4….

They are here to answer your questions, about anything and everything! If you want to be just like one of them, ask them how they got there. I assure they will gladly tell you’re their story, as well as some great advice as to how to get there yourself.

This is the most important one. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE CAREER GOALS RIGHT AWAY. You are a freshman in college, for Pete’s sake! I know pre-college they rush you into making decisions about your major and school and all that. But now that you’re here, you’re allowed to slow down. You do not have to know exactly what you want yet, and I don’t believe that anybody truly knows until it lands in their lap.

Mentoring Monday: Things To Do In Philadelphia

Things to do in Philadelphia
Sammi Crabill, School of Music Mentor

Do you go to Philadelphia often? Many freshmen are interested in exploring the city. What are some fun things to do in the city? What should they know about public transportation?

One of the coolest things about West Chester is our proximity to Philadelphia. So if you feel like taking a relaxing stroll through WC’s brick sidewalks to your favorite bakery, you can! Or if you’re looking for an exciting weekend in the city, Philly is an easy trip away! There are a number of ways to get into the city, but the best option for car-less freshman is definitely Septa bus service, which runs straight through campus! The bus can take money or subway tokens, which can be purchased in the bottom floor of Sykes Student Union, beside the ATM. Then just check route times and meet Bus 104 at the bus stop right in the center of campus, across from Ruby Jones Hall. Just ride the line through to the end, which is 69th Street Transportation Center. From there, you can take the Market-Frankford subway line into the city! It really is easy but I would suggest going with someone else for the first time, especially if you’ve never used public transport before. Another option is to find an upperclassman with a car and get a ride to the Exton train station, where you can take Amtrak right into 30th Street Station which is right in Center City Philadelphia. The train is more expensive, but a lot faster and more comfortable than the bus.

There are countless things to do in a city like Philadelphia but the main draw for most music majors are the concerts. Often, students can track down cheap or even free tickets to go see the Philadelphia Orchestra or Philly Pops at The Kimmel Center in Center City. It’s a great opportunity to see professional musicians at work, which is important for those going into that field. Plus, if you know the right professors you may be able to get a backstage tour! Besides those two ensembles, you can also see the Philadelphia Ballet or numerous off-Broadway shows at the Academy of Music. If you’re looking to see more popular and indie artists, Philly is the place to go. Venues such as Union Transfer, The Electric Factory, and The Mann Center often host big-name artists and bands who are cheap and easy to go see. So snoop around online and take advantage of our location… you can usually dig up good deals and it’s a great way to get off campus for a little!

If you’d prefer not to see performances in Philly, there are thousands of other options… The Philadelphia Art Museum is a full-day activity and on the first Sunday of every month, you can name your own price for admission! Other ideas… go to the Philadelphia Zoo, walk around Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill, visit UPenn’s beautiful campus, tap into your inner foodie and explore thousands of awesome restaurants, or get lunch at the Reading Terminal Market. Even just walking around and taking it all in can take up an entire day. Philadelphia is a great way to spend your weekends and it helps you to spread your roots, make connections, and get a better understanding of the music and art scene in our area. If you’re nervous about going into the city for the first time, ask around… chances are, you’ll find someone else who knows some tips or is even going too and can help you along!

Teach for America

On December 2nd at 7:00PM, Kate Varnum of Teach For America’s Recruitment Team will be hosting an online information session for students from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  We will review the application process as well as host alumni who will recount their experience being a teacher through the corps as well as their work as alumni of Teach For America.  We will also discuss our core values – transformational change, leadership, team, diversity, and respect & humility – and how we partner with communities to ensure that one day all students will have an excellent, equitable education.  We hope you can join us!

Teach For America

Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, December 2nd

NEXT Application Deadline: Friday, December 5th at 11:59pm ET

7:00 PM EST


Full salary and benefits. Federal student loans deferred. All majors and career backgrounds.


Kids from low-income communities aren’t getting an education that gives them choices in life.  Teach For America is working to change that.


NEXT Application Deadline: Friday, December 5th at 11:59pm ET

All majors needed! If you are interested in service or social justice, this is for you!


Initial application includes:

  • Three, 300-word short answers
  • Resume
  • Descriptions of involvements and achievements

**no recommendation letters needed at this stage**

Teach For America is growing the force of leaders committed to ensuring that all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life. By teaching for at least two years in TFA’s corps, you will join thousands of leaders helping students in low-income communities make the academic progress that will expand their opportunities for the future.

Register for the 2015 corps – start date June/July 2015

Email kate.varnum@teachforamerica.org if you have any questions or to learn more.

Bring your passion to the classroom.

Full salary and benefits. Federal student loans deferred. All majors and career backgrounds.

Kate Varnum

Manager, Recruitment

kate.varnum@teachforamerica.org | LinkedIn

315 West 36th Street 6th Floor | New York, NY 10018

C: 219.384.7273

O: 212.279.2080 x11259

One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.


Learn more about applying

Jobs and More

From: WCU – Communication <wcu-communication@wcupa.edu>
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM
To: Nicole Kemp <nkemp@wcupa.edu>
Subject: Jobs and More- Copy

Hi all,

The Library has a new subscription to Bridge, a great website from the New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department.  It has current information about recently-posted auditions, teaching and arts administration jobs, grants, scholarships, competitions and festivals.  There are more than 3,000 opportunities listed.

To check it out, use this user name and password – unfortunately, you can’t log in with your WCU user name and password:

Username: wcupa

Password: Donizetti15

Website:  http://necmusic.edu/bridge

Just contact anybody in the Presser Music Library if you forget.  Bridge will also be linked from the Library Music Research Guide and theSommyAdvises blog.

Tim Sestrick

Music Librarian, Presser Music Library

Assistant Professor, West Chester University of Pennsylvania