Preparatory Orchestra and Chorus Concert

The new Shepherd Children's Chorus will present its premiere concert along with the 10th anniversary performance of the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra in the Frank Arts Center Theater on Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30 p.m.

The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division is pleased to debut the Shepherd Children's Chorus under the direction of Dr. David Gonzol, Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Shepherd. The Shepherd Children's Chorus membership is comprised of male and female vocalists in grades 3-8, and meets Wednesday evenings throughout the school year at the Frank Arts Center on the Shepherd University campus.

Dr. David Gonzol holds degrees from Messiah College and Temple University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park and earned Mastery Certificates in the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk approaches from the University of St. Thomas. He taught music in public schools in Pennsylvania and Idaho, and at colleges and universities there, as well as in Maryland and Minnesota. In addition to presenting at state and national conferences, he has given numerous workshops to educators and has been a visiting educator at area schools and libraries. Among his writings, his research on Otto Ortmann is published in the Philosophy of Music Education Review. He is a tenor and recorder player, and for three years he directed the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello, Idaho. Church and university choirs have performed many of his compositions, which include the 20 Rounds at St. Thomas, as well as a centennial anthem for the First Presbyterian Church, Alas! and Did My Saviour Bleed? This year, Schott is publishing a collection of his Orff arrangements, Round the Corner and Away We Go! Dr. Gonzol is a member of MENC, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the American Recorder Society, and Phi Kappa Phi.

The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark McCoy, is celebrating its tenth anniversary season at Shepherd University. Heralded as one of the best youth orchestras in the region, the group is comprised of middle and high school wind and string students from Washington County, Maryland and Berkeley and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia. The orchestra meets Wednesday evenings for rehearsals and presents two concerts during the school year. Enrollment is open and based on an audition process. Shepherd University Music Faculty string coaches for the orchestra are Heather Austin Stone and Jeffrey Newberger for violin, Kathy Shrader for viola, and Stephen Czarkowski for cello. Wind, percussion and string players from Shepherd University also participate in the orchestra.

General admission to the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and Children's Chorus concert is $5, free for Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit