A Cappella Choirs Concert

The Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Men's Choir and Women's Camerata, under the direction of Dr. Erik Reid Jones, will present an A Cappella Concert on Friday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center Theater on the campus of Shepherd University.

Hear Shepherd's a cappella choirs perform an extraordinary lineup of music! One of the choirs from St. James Catholic Church will be joining the Chamber Singers to sing one of the classic works from the Renaissance, O Sacrum Convivium, under the direction of Gary Penkala. Other highlights from the concert include a work by Tarik O'Regan, a young British composer who has been taking the European continent by storm recently; music by Gwyneth Walker, the pre-eminent female composer of the United States; Verdi's classic Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore; set pieces from Taiwan, Norway and Romania; as well as music by Gustav Holst, Mack Wilberg, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Billy Joel.

The Chamber Singers, is a mostly a cappella ensemble, concentrating in masterpieces of the 20th century. The ensemble is made up of between 20 and 24 students each year. While most of the members are vocal majors, other music majors and students from around the campus are welcome to audition. Shepherd University's Women's Camerata is an ensemble of 30-35 female singers, comprised of voice majors, music majors, and many students from other disciplines at Shepherd University. The Men's Choir is an ensemble of 12-15 male voices singing jazz, doo-wop, barbershop, and classical male choir literature.

Dr. Erik Reid Jones is the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and founder and artistic director of the Master Singers of Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in vocal music education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, and his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland at College Park. Locally, he has taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Harford Community College, and the University of Maryland. Dr. Jones is a published author and an avid choral composer, with over twenty works to his credit.

General admission to the A Cappella Concert is $10, $5 for faculty, staff and students 18 and under, and free to Shepherd University students and Friends of Music MAC cardholders. Admission and seating is first-come first-serve basis and advance reservations are not accepted. Cash or check only please. The box office opens one hour prior to performance. For information contact the Shepherd University Concertline at 304-876-5555, or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.