Unexpected Opportunities

At Shepherd University, you won't be in the wings. Shepherd is an undergraduate-focused institution, with no graduate performing program. You perform, you play, you sing, you conduct, YOU get the experience -- the experience of performing, not watching others perform. Music majors have dozens of opportunities, including four choirs, wind ensemble, wind symphony, orchestra, chamber groups, two jazz bands, an opera every fall, musical theater every spring, and the best small-school marching band in the country.

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Music Education students conduct real ensembles in real concerts. Of our Education graduates, 100% get jobs in the field. And, with 125 music majors (80 instrumental, 45 vocal) we're large enough to stage top-notch productions and attract excellent faculty.

All this, just 90 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, MD, with tuition rates around half of what comparable private schools and conservatories charge. Why go anywhere else?

Quick Facts about Shepherd

* A large music department at a small university, with 125 music majors (80 instrumental, 45 vocal).

* Degrees in Music and Music Education and concentrations in Performance, Musical Theater, and Composition.

* Challenging academic classes taught by top-notch, full-time faculty members.

* Four choral ensembles for men, women, chamber music, and large ensemble music, including singing with full orchestra at least once per year.

* Wind ensemble, wind symphony, two jazz ensembles, a student orchestra, a resident professional orchestra, and the best small-school marching band in the country.

* An opera every fall and a fully-staged musical theater production every spring.

* International travel every other year, including Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

* No graduate performing program, which means that students are taught by the professors and get all of the performing opportunities.

* The Music Education program has an astounding 100% placement rate since its inception in 1950.

* Performance and musical theater students concentrate in the practical skills needed to make a living in the field, while always striving for their dreams.

* Music Education students learn to conduct by directing the real ensembles in real concerts, not lab ensembles in student recitals.

* A leader in high technology, including a state-of-the-art computer lab, massive MP3 library, digital recording studio, acoustic Disklavier pianos for easy accompaniment, and digital practice rooms that allow you to simulate various performance environments.

* Tuition costs half of what comparable private universities and conservatories charge for out-of-state students, less than 20% for in-state students.

* Recent productions include: Choral: Orffís Carmina Burana, Verdiís Requiem, Bachís St. John Passion, Mendelssohnís Elijah, Bernsteinís Chichester Psalms, and Stravinskyís Symphony of Psalms; Instrumental: Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, Mozart's Symphony No. 25, Barnes Symphony No. 3, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Holsinger's To Tame the Perilous Skies, Holst's Suites 1 and 2, and De Meij's Lord of the Rings Symphony; Musical Theater: Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Pirates of Penzance, and a concert production of Wicked; Opera Workshop: Mozartís The Magic Flute, Gluckís Orfeo et Euridice, and Gilbert & Sullivanís The Mikado.