Percussion Ensemble in Concert

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a Percussion Ensemble concert on Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michelle Humphreys, will present Tres Piernas by Gerald Heslip, Invention No. 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Intermezzo (from the opera Die Nase) by Dmitri Shostakovich, Akadinda Trio by Emmanuel Sejourne, Beat Ballet by Richard K. LeVan, Fugue in A Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Downfall by John R. Beck. Percussion Ensemble performers include Nick Bavani, Nathan Biedzynski, Blaine Gibson, Cameron Gore, Jill Harar, Michael Kincaid, Ethan Michael, Christina Oliver, Cody Rausch, Ron Rowlett, Jesse Trentini.

Dr. Michelle Humphreys teaches percussion at Shepherd University, directs the Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, and teaches Percussion Techniques courses. She is the coordinator of the Shepherd University Percussion Festival, an annual event for percussionists and drummers that features instructional clinics, performances, and networking opportunities for professional, student, and amateur drummers and percussionists. Dr. Humphreys is a versatile artist, performing widely as a classical percussionist, world music instrumentalist, and drummer. She is Principal Percussionist with the Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Lafayette, and Opera Vivente, and maintains a busy performing schedule in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York. Other current performing affiliations include American Opera Theater, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Philharmonic, Ars Antiqua (Chappaqua, NY), and Foundling (Rhode Island). She is also active in the popular music world as a performer and studio-recording artist. Dr. Humphreys earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University, where she won the Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

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