A Cappella 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 23 at 8:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center Theater on the campus of Shepherd University.

The three a cappella choirs will present a pastiche of the old and the new. The Chamber Singers, Shepherd University's elite mixed choir, will perform selections from Aaron Copland's opera, "The Tender Land," which the vocal students produced on September 18 and 19. They will also sing Morten Lauridsen's lovely "O Magnum Mysterium," as well as one of Knut Nystedt's great masterpieces, "If You Receive My Words."

The Women's Camerata will perform two of the great spirituals of recent years, Stephen Hatfield's rich "Job, Job" and Moses Hogan's "Ride On, King Jesus." They will also give a sneak preview of selections from the centerpiece of the Holiday Gala, Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." The Men's Choir will entertain the audience with a wonderful selection of modern popular and jazz music. All three choirs will combine for a spectacular final number, a rousing arrangement of "Africa," a song made popular by the 1980's band Toto. This is a finale not to be missed!

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. 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.