Early Childhood and Reading

Are you an experienced vocalist or enjoy playing a particular instrument? Then you should share your talents as you participate in one of the many musical ensembles, choirs and bands at PennWest Edinboro.

Our Early Childhood and Reading Department offers many exciting musical opportunities for students. Regardless of your major, you can help promote the art of music in the cultural, artistic and intellectual life of the University and its surrounding communities through our talented ensembles.

University Singers Choir

ChoirThe University Singers is the 50-voice concert choir of PennWest Edinboro. Membership is open to all students and is eligible for one academic credit per semester. The repertoire of University Singers is wide-ranging and eclectic, spanning from the 16th century to the present, and representing the mainstream of the choral repertoire. Student opportunities in the ensemble include section leaders, solo or instrumental collaborations, social media advocates, and student conductors. The University Singers maintain an active performance schedule, both on and off campus, formal and informal. For information, contact Cody Mott at cmott@pennwest.edu.




Pipes and Drums

The PennWest Edinboro Pipe Band is a student- and community-based organization committed to the promotion and development of the Scottish arts. The ensemble is open to both students and interested persons in the campus and surrounding communities. Bagpipe lessons are available for credit to students, staff, and faculty, as well as through the Community Music School.

The PennWest Edinboro Pipe Band was formed in 1992. Mr. Bruce Best (then-piping instructor) and Dr. Tim Cordell (then-marching band director) were instrumental in its formation. A few enthusiastic students made up this first group and began a tradition that remains to this day. For more information, contact Pipe Band Director, Mr. Sean Patrick Regan, at TheBagpiper@pennwest.edu.



Spirit of the Scots Marching Band

Marching BandThe Spirit of the Scots Marching Band performs at various campus activities, football games and area band shows during the fall semester. The band consists of winds, percussion and guard (flags and dancers). Students can earn one academic credit for participating in marching band. We are very much looking forward to returning to the field in Fall 2021! For more information, contact Diann Smith at boroband@pennwest.edu.

Marching Band


Concert Band

Concert BandThe Concert Band consists of musicians from all departments on campus. Membership is open to all students regardless of major. The Concert Band performs the finest repertoire in original band music as well as transcriptions. If you are interested in participating in concert band, please register for the class and fill out the registration link below. If you have any questions please email Diann Smith at boroband@pennwest.edu.


Pep Band

Pep Band performs at several key basketball games throughout the spring. The band consists of winds and percussion. Students can earn one academic credit for participating in pep band. For more information, contact Diann Smith at boroband@pennwest.edu.


Contact Us

Early Childhood and Reading
330 Butterfield Hall
310 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444

Gary Grant, PhD
212 William P. Alexander Music Center
Email: ggrant@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2792