Friends of Music purchase Double Bass for Shepherd Orchestra Program

Shepherdstown, WV The Shepherd University Friends of Music recently purchased a new bass for the Shepherd University Orchestra. Freshman music major Christina Schirf will be practicing and performing on the instrument, a 3/4 size double bass by Christopher, with a carved top and Busetto corners. The $2,800 bass comes with a fully lined case and a French model horsehair bow of carbon fiber construction.

Christina Schirf is the daughter of William and Kathleen Schirf of Altoona, PA. She plays not only the double bass, but also sings and plays bass guitar and French horn. Christina, a graduate of Altoona Area High School, has been the recipient of a Charles Reddenberger String scholarship and has participated in All-State Orchestra and the Altoona and Pittsburgh Symphony side by side events. A scholarship student at Shepherd University, she participates in the Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, and will be participating in the upcoming musical, Guys and Dolls.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization supporting musical excellence at Shepherd University. In addition to providing numerous scholarships to promising young talent, they have purchased many instruments for the music department including a $140,000 Fazioli Piano, assisted in national and international travel, including the 2005 performance in Carnegie Hall and the 2003 appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, initiated a professional chamber ensemble, the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, and present an annual Guest Artist Series of exceptional concerts bringing world renowned performers to the Frank Arts Center stage.

Information about the Shepherd University's Department of Music can be found at For more information about the Friends of Music, to become a member, purchase tickets to the Guest Artist Series concerts or to make a tax-deductible contribution, call 304-876-5765 or visit