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New Graduate Student Orientation

  • All new graduate students in the School of Music are required to attend the New Graduate Student in Music Orientation. Our orientation will start at 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 10 and will take place in the CAC Bloch Hall. In this meeting I’ll describe the degree requirements and share resources that will be useful during your program.
  • Graduate Student Advising
    If you have not scheduled your advising appointment, contact Mattie Jones at:

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

This event is required for all new music graduate students and will take place at the Creative Arts Center.

9:00am-12:00pm - Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (2030)

Introductions and Overview of Graduate Study in Music

  • Dr. Keith Jackson, Dean, College of Creative Arts
  • Dr. Kelly Burke, Director, School of Music
  • Dr. Michael Vercelli, Director of Graduate Students in Music


  • Recital Scheduling
  • Mr. Jamie Whoolery, Director of Production and Facilities


  • Introduction to WVU Library Resources
  • Beth Royall, Music Librarian
  • Andres Santana, 3rd year DMA and Library GA


  • Certificate in University Teaching
  • Eric Lemley


  • Welcome from WVU Graduate Education & Life
  • Betty Mei

12:00pm-1:00pm - LUNCH - offered to all attendees

Pick up lunch in Room 3131

1:00pm-2:00pm – Blaney Seminar (3113)

  • Preparing for the DMA Comprehensive Exams
  • Dr. Travis Stimeling and Dr. Matthew Heap

1:00pm-2:00pm - Room 2123

  • Overview of the Master's Program and the MM Oral Exams
  • Dr. Erin Ellis

2:00-2:30pm- BREAK

2:30pm-4:00pm - Room 2155

Graduate Music Theory Entrance Exam

  • All new graduate students are required to take the entrance exam in Music Theory. New students in Music Education are not required to take this exam; however, it is strongly recommended that you do so.

Monday, August 14th

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm - Room 4129
  • Teaching Workshop
  • Open to all - Required for all NEW Graduate Assistants
  • Dr. Jason Gossett

If the course MUSC 561 Graduate Theory Review is recommended for you as a result of your exam, please be aware that this course is currently offered only in the fall semesters and does not count toward your degree. You will find information on the nature of this exam and on how to prepare for it at:

(I have asked you to register for MUSC 561 in your initial registration – we can change that if necessary at our advising session.)

  • For Music Education students, specific information about entrance exams, and piano and voice proficiencies will be sent in a follow-up email.