Benefit Recital to Help the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

The Shepherd University Department of Music and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) will present "Homes for the Holidays," a benefit recital for the victims of Hurricane Sandy on December 10 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center's Walker Horton Shipley Recital Hall. The recital will feature Christmas and classical music performed by Shepherd's young musicians. Donations will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert.

"I am delighted to see our music students so actively engaged in reaching out to support our neighbors affected by the recent storm," said Dr. Robert W. Tudor, chair of Shepherd's Department of Music. "This speaks strongly about the compassion, dedication, and willingness of our students to use their talents to lift up the lives of others facing life altering events."

Damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure from Sandy are currently estimated at $65.5 billion. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to families and businesses in need.

"As a culminating project in the music capstone course (senior seminar), the students were tasked with creating an event that promoted the arts," said Dr. Scott Beard, professor of music and dean of graduate studies at Shepherd. "Arts advocacy is an important part of being a musician, and the ability to organize and put together concert events is an important career skill. When the hurricane happened, many music teachers and students in the New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey area were affected by the storm, some even losing their homes. Through Music Teachers National Association, and my position as Director of the Eastern Division, we have partnered with MTNA to help raise funds for musicians affected by the storms. The class voted unanimously to focus their efforts in this way."

For more information about the benefit concert, contact Jillian Wiley at jwiley01@rams.shepherd.edu