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Shepherd Community Orchestra|Youth Chorus|Private Music Lessons|Early Childhood Program|Music Courses|Summer Music Programs

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Community Music at Shepherd Office contact information: Sherry Sykes, Coordinator of Shepherd’s Community Music Program. 304-876-5248 or ssykes@shepherd.edu.

The Music Department at Shepherd University has many opportunities for children, youth, and adult community members to study music through our Community Music at Shepherd program. If you are looking for private music lessons, an opportunity to play in an ensemble, continued development as a musician, or Early Childhood Music classes with your young child, Shepherd can fulfill your musical goals. Every June, we also offer summer Jazz and String Orchestra Camps for middle school and high school youth. Look below for links to registration forms and tuition/fee information. Open Enrollment For All Programs!

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Shepherd University Community Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble

The Shepherd Community Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble will hold auditions for advanced string players in elementary, middle and high school through adult performers. The Shepherd Coomunity Orchestra is directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía, and the Junior String Ensemble is directed by Renee Shaw.
Next performance: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre. General Admission, $5
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Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu to schedule your audition for spring semester, January 16, 2019, between 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Shepherd Youth Chorus

For male and female vocalists who are currently in grades 3-8.
Next performance: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre. General Admission, $5
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Auditions for the spring semester will take place on January 16, 2019 for new students. Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu to schedule your audition between 5:30pm-6:10pm.

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Private Music Lessons

Provides the opportunity for area music students, both school-age and adults, to take applied lessons through a community music program offered at the university. Experienced faculty and Shepherd student instructors offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, in the music studios in the Frank Center. Enrollment is ongoing, based on instructor availability. Students are welcome to participate in the Community Music Recital at the end of each semester. For information on lessons and instructor placement, please contact Sherry Sykes, Coordinator for Community Music programs, at ssykes@shepherd.edu  Click here to learn more.

Private Lesson Registration Form

Business Policies and Procedures

The next Student Recital:
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:00am
W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

Early Childhood Program

Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 5 years old. Taught by experienced instructor, Frauke Higgins, these classes benefit a child’s musical skills, and also improve language and verbal development and spatial-temporal skills!  The students will learn the rudiments of music (rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and melodic movement) by working on children’s songs from around the world.

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Spring 2019 classes:

Fridays January 18 – March 29, 2019. No class February 22. 2019.

9:15am-10:00am Musical Discoveries for 18 months to 3 years, with caregiver. Tuition $140 for the 10 week class

10:00am-10:45am Music for Pre-Schoolers, 3 – 5 years. Tuition $140 for the 10 week class

To register contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu. Winter/Spring 2019 Early Childhood Music Registration form

Music Courses

Adult Group Keyboard Classes, just for fun, in a social, supportive atmosphere with no grades, deadlines or recitals:

* Next 10 week session of Piano Classes begin January 30, 2019*

Spring Adult Piano Class: Level I Beginner – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – April 10, 2019 at 6:30pm-7:30pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Spring Adult Piano Class: Level II Intermediate – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – April 10, 2019 at 4:00pm-5:00pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Spring Adult Piano Class: Level III Advanced – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – April 10, 2019 at 5:15pm-6:15pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Tuition is $120.00 for the ten week class plus course materials. Adult Piano Class Registration Form

For placement questions, please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu.

Summer Music Programs

In our Summer Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camp, students will participate in group coaching, music theory lessons, workshops, and a concert at the end of the week.
2019 Dates:

Junior and Senior String Orchestra Camp: June 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019 (registration information available in January 2019)

Junior and Senior Jazz Camp: June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019 (registration information available in January 2019)

Summer 2018 String Camp
Summer 2018 Jazz Camp

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

For more information contact Sherry Sykes, Community Music Coordinator
Phone: 304-876-5248
Email:ssykes@shepherd.edu