Now Accepting Applications for Mentors and Ambassadors!

School of Music students,

Do you have a great passion for your program in the School of Music here at WCU? Do you want to share your enthusiasm and experience with others? Do you want to give back to the program while building great skills and professional development? Here is your chance! Applications to serve as a Fall 2015 SOM Mentor and 2015-2016 SOM Ambassador are now available!  Note some changes have been made to the Mentoring Program Requirements as we enter our 2nd year!

SOM Mentors (approximately 50 positions available)

Mentors serve through the fall 2015 term to assist with new student transition and acclimation to the School of Music at WCU.  Mentors will be assigned 1 or 2 new students, and we will target to match Mentors to Mentees in order to support areas of major, instrumentation, housing status, transfer status, under-represented minority status, Honors College, etc.  Mentors are expected to meet with their Mentees 4 times throughout the fall semester and offer additional support on an as-needed basis.

Mentors serve on a voluntary basis but prizes will be awarded to those who fill program requirements.

Mentors must be organized, have strong communication skills, and be sensitive to diversity in working with new students.  Mentors serve as role models and help new students to keep up with their demanding schedules and workloads as well as helping students take advantage of campus resources.

Applications are due Sunday, 3/22/2015 at 11:59pm.  Faculty will be polled for nomination of qualified candidates.  Position offers will be made by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Mentors will be expected to attend training sessions throughout the month of April.  Mentors will be polled for availability when scheduling the training sessions.

Mentor Application:

SOM Ambassadors (6 positions available)

Ambassadors serve through the 2015-2016 academic year to assist with prospective student recruiting and events.  Ambassadors work SOM Auditions, Tours, Prospective Student Days, and Accepted Student Days, as well as shadowing and other recruitment events as needed.

Ambassadors receive a $400 scholarship to their spring tuition bill.

Ambassadors must be extremely organized and diligent as many of their tasks are confined to certain times.  Must be available for Tuesday morning auditions for both fall and spring.  Candidates should be able to memorize official information for tours and should feel comfortable speaking in front of large groups.

Applications are due Sunday, 3/22/2015 at 11:59pm.  Faculty will be polled for nomination of qualified candidates.  Position offers will be made by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Ambassadors must attend several training workshops with the Undergraduate Counselor, scheduled in coordination with Ambassador availability.

Ambassador Application:

Nicole Kemp

Undergraduate Program Counselor

West Chester University │ College of Visual and Performing Arts ││610.436.3261

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$10 Student Tickets to Philadelphia Singers

$10 student tickets

The Philadelphia Singers is proud to once again offer $10 tickets to students with a valid student i.d.  Please let your students know about this opportunity to see “Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling” on March 27 and 28, 7:30pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
“Myths and Magic” includes the East Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Radio Hour, set to a libretto by Gene Scheer. The piece will be stage-directed and choreographed by Seán Curran, choreographer for Opera Philadelphia and artistic director of the Seán Curran Company of New York, and conducted by David Hayes, The Singers’ music director.
Buy your tickets online or call 215-751-9494.

The Radio Hour was co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Singers, The Pacific Chorale of Southern California, Vocal Essence of Minneapolis, and Conspirare of Austin, Texas.
The Philadelphia production of The Radio Hour is made possible by grants from the William Penn Foundation and The Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund, by the James Stieber Memorial Fund, and by generous gifts from Robert E. Mortensen and Jay and Teri Gemberling-Johnson.

Workshops for CVPA Students

Upcoming Student Success Workshops
Open to all students in music, art, graphic design, theatre, and dance – both majors and minors!

Focus Fun

Tuesday, March 3rd and Friday, March 6th from 12 PM to 1 PM in the student lounge, Swope music building


Slacklining is a balance sport which uses nylon webbing stretched tight between two anchor points. It’s like walking on a tightrope, only closer to the ground. Slacklining is a great way to improve core body strength and balance while meeting new friends. It is also great for stress relief and can be considered a “moving meditation”.

A few minutes of training on a portable “slack rack” can induce a focused mental state and the more you practice, the easier it becomes!

Visit the student lounge to test your balance, focus, and concentration or just to unwind and de-stress! Who knows – maybe you will discover a hidden talent or develop an interest in a new activity!

Internships and Interview Skills for CVPA Students

Tuesday, March 31 from 11:00am-12:00pm in room 210, Swope Music Building

Join Ashley Rowe (Reichenbach) from the Career Development Center as she talks about internships – why they are important, when to do them, how to find a good one, etc., and interview skills that all music, theatre, dance, and art students should know about. Ashley is a great resource and can also answer questions about resumes, career exploration, and “what to do with that major.”

Meditation for CVPA Students

Thursday, April 9th from 12 PM to 1 PM in room 208, Swope music building


Learn easy but effective meditation exercises for every day use, with special emphasis towards musicians’ situations and needs.

Meditation can improve the quality of your life and musicianship in a tremendous way. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the following types of meditation:

Breathing, mantra, and chanting

Stress Management for CVPA Students

Tuesday, April 21st from 12 PM to 1 PM in room 208, Swope music building


Stress is common for college students due to time pressures and the nature of higher level study. Balancing the demands of academia and other events in our lives often results in stress. Developing coping strategies and recognizing stress can allow us to deal with stressful events and avoid the chronic effects of stress.

The workshop will examine the following key points:

What is stress? 
What stressors affect you? 
How do you recognize stress? 
What can you do to relieve stress?

Attention will be given to typical external events which may act as stressors, particularly in the context of a Music curriculum.