Shepherd University Music A Cappella Choral Concert

The Shepherd University a cappella choirs - Chamber Singers, Women's Camerata, and Men's Choir - are joined in March by a brand new ensemble, the Vocal Jazz Octet, on Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center Theater. The centerpiece of the concert is one of the three greatest a cappella choral works of the 20th century, the incredibly deep and moving Requiem by Herbert Howells. Also on the program is "Mass No. 9" by Gyorgy Orban. The choral concerts are always an eclectic mix of different and wonderful musical styles, that are sure to make for an enjoyable evening of excellent choral music.

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, under the direction of Joseph Regan, is an ensemble of 12-15 male voices singing jazz, doo-wop, barbershop, and classical male choir literature. The new Vocal Jazz Octet will be premiering a couple of works in the vocal jazz style, and we're sure you'll enjoy listening to the results of their hard work.

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. 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.