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Community Orchestra

A Community string orchestra program to give all students the joy of playing the violin, viola, cello, or double bass.

Next Performance: Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre.

Auditions for the Shepherd Community Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble spring semester:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018,  beginning at 6:30pm

Please prepare a 3-5 minute piece of music, along with a 2-3 octave scale. There will also be a sight-reading portion to the audition.
Please contact Sherry Sykes to sign up for an audition and with any questions you may have about the auditions,

SPO_PicsThe Shepherd Community Orchestra is a student orchestra in residence at Shepherd University, under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel and Dr. Jeannine Sturm. It provides opportunities for over 70 local string and wind students to play in a youth orchestra of outstanding caliber. Shepherd University Music faculty string coaches for the orchestra are Heather Austin-Stone for violin, Dr. Jeannine Sturm also for violin, Kathy Shrader for viola, and Camilo Perez-Mejía for cello. Wind, percussion, and string students from Shepherd University also participate in the orchestra.

Young or inexperienced string students may audition for the Junior String Ensemble, under the direction of Renee Shaw. Advanced string students may audition for the Senior Orchestra. Members are comprised of elementary, middle and high school string students from Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, MD. The orchestra meets Wednesday evenings for rehearsals and presents two concerts during the school year. Enrollment is open and based on an audition process.

In alliance with the Shepherd University Department of Music, area string students work with collegiate level string, wind and percussion students, affording them performance experience with string and full orchestral repertoire.  The Shepherd Community Orchestra has continued to grow and has created a needed musical outlet for area students that did not exist for string players before the orchestra began in 1998.

Heralded as one of the best youth orchestras in the region, the Shepherd Community Orchestra is looking to expand our strings section.  Next audition date: January 10, 2018 from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Two orchestra concerts are presented for the public each year in December and April.
Next concert: December 13, 2017, 7:30pm, $5 admission, free for Shepherd students.
Frank Center Theater

Click here for the Community Music and Early Childhood parking information.

Financial Aid is available for both ensembles, thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

To schedule an audition email Sherry Sykes, Community Music Coordinator,