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Music students will conduct wind symphony concert November 19

ISSUED: 4 November 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Wind Symphony will present a variety of wind band literature as interpreted by student conductors and Dr. Scott Hippensteel, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies, on Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater. The concert is $10 general admission; $5 for faculty, staff, seniors, alumni, and those age 18 and under; and free to Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. Admission and seating are on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not taken. The box office opens one hour prior to the performance.

Program selections include “New York Hippodrome” by John Philip Sousa; “Arabesque” by Samuel Hazo; “Mock Morris” by Percy Grainger; “Moorside March” by Gustav Holst; a new work called “Heart of Madness” by Mark Lortz that is based on three Edgar Allan Poe poems; a set of variations on Scarborough Fair by Calvin Custer; “Toccata for Band” by Frank Erickson; “Chaconne” from First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst; “Perthshire Majesty” by Sam Hazo; “Foundry” by John Mackey; “Fantasy on a Japanese Folksong” by Samuel Hazo; and Variations on “Variations on ‘America'” by Charles Ives.

Senior music majors who will conduct for this performance include Sawyer Gaydon and Adrielle Mills, of Martinsburg; Sarah Kunemund, Centreville, Virginia; Will Lopez, Frederick, Maryland; Ryan McClure, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Melissa Mckay, Monrovia, Maryland; Alvaro Silva, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Ashley Walizer, Edgewood, Maryland. Junior conductors are Sarah Gilbert, Charles Town, and Anthony Makusky, Frederick, Maryland. After completing two semesters of conducting, these students have gained experience by selecting the music, studying the scores, writing program notes, developing rehearsal strategies, and rehearsing the ensemble.

For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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