Honors Percussion Ensembles in PA

Honors Percussion Ensembles in PA


WCU High School Honors Percussion Ensemble 


Hello! I am pleased to announce November 2016 auditions for our WCU High School Honors Percussion Ensemble (HSHPE), the Philadelphia region's only university-affiliated high school honors percussion ensemble. The HSHPE seeks to provide an advanced percussion ensemble experience for a group of outstanding high school percussionists selected through annual auditions. 

Here is a link to a highlight video of our Spring 2016 HSHPE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5xJI0VXobU

- The application deadline is November 11, 2016 (there is no application fee)

- Auditions will take place in Swope Music Building from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016

- The audition repertoire is outlined on the flyer (students are welcome to use their district band or college entrance audition repertoire)

- During their audition, students may be asked to sightread on snare drum and marimba

- Rehearsals will take place from 2pm-3:30pm on Sunday afternoons, January 8, 2017 through April 9, 2017

- The HSHPE will perform on the WCU Percussion Ensemble concert, Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017. The WCU Percussion Ensemble will feature guest soloist Cynthia Yeh (Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) 

- Additional performance opportunities will be considered (the PAS Pennsylvania Day of Percussion, etc.)

- Dr. Chris Hanning and I serve as artistic directors of the HSHPE, and Brent Behrenshausen conducts the ensemble

- The HSHPE membership fee ($225) for accepted students is due at the January 8th rehearsal

- Students with percussion ensemble or front ensemble experience whose primary instrument is something other than percussion (e.g. piano, flute, etc.) are welcome to audition for the HSHPE

Click here for Flyer HSHPE_2017_flyer.pdf

Ralph Sorrentino, Instructor of Percussion

Department of Applied Music

College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Music

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center

817 South High Street

West Chester, PA 19383