The performing arts series at shepherd university 2017 - 2018 season calendar

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Sept. 5-30, 2017

A snapshot of modern Appalachia is on display at Shepherd University’s Scarborough Library Reading Room, where more than 75 photos from Roger May’s crowdsourced project “Looking at Appalachia” are on exhibit through September 30. May will present a special lecture about the exhibit on Friday, September 29, at 5 p.m. as part of Shepherd’s Appalachian Heritage Festival and Writer in Residence program. The exhibit and lecture are both free and open to the public. Library hours are Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS

Wiley Cash


Friday, Sept. 22 - Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

Join us for a week of outstanding programs, readings, and lectures focused on the work of North Carolina author Wiley Cash. Cash is author of A Land More Kind Than Home (2012), which will be the Center for the Book’s One Book, One West Virginia’s Common Read for the State. Cash is also author of This Dark Road to Mercy(2014) and soon to be released novel, The Last Ballad, about union leader Ella May Wiggins, who died in the Carolina mill wars in the early 20th Century.

For a complete listing of events and locations, visit the Writer-in-Residence website.


Friday, Sept. 29 - Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

Celebrate the Appalachian region with a weekend of dance, music, and heritage.

Friday, Sept. 29

8 pm
Old-Time Square Dance featuring live music from Jake and the Burtones and Caller Janine Smith – Town Run Community Pub, 202 East Washington Street, Shepherdstown – FREE (all ages welcome)

Saturday, Sept. 30

Freedom’s Run events
1 pm
Harmony Singing Workshop with Carol Elizabeth Jones and Anna Roberts-Gevalt – Reynolds Hall
2:30 pm
Bristol Sessions: The Big Bang of Country Music with John Lilly – Reynolds Hall
3:30 pm
Crankie Workshop with Anna Roberts-Gevalt – Reynolds Hall
8 pm
Festival Showcase Concert -- Frank Center Theater

Featuring John Lilly, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Carol Elizabeth Jones, and the Speakeasy Boys.

Tickets: All events are free with the exception of the Saturday Showcase Concert.

  • $15 (general public)
  • $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff)
  • $5 (children)
  • Free for Shepherd Students with Rambler ID.



Carol Elizabeth Jones has made her mark as a singer of traditional mountain music, guitarist, and a songwriter. She has many albums to her credit including those with James Leva, Hazel Dickens and Ginny Hawker, Laurel Bliss, and more recently, the New Reeltime Travelers. Rounder Records featured Carol Elizabeth on several anthologies including the bestselling O Sister—Women in Bluegrass collection. She was a member of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Garrison Keillor and Robin and Linda Williams on A Prairie Home Companion. She toured Africa and Southeast Asia as a cultural ambassador with the US Information Agency and has performed and taught at festivals across the country. Originally from Berea, Kentucky, she now lives in Lexington, Virginia.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt


Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a voracious and curious musician who nestles in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds. After spending years in Baltimore’s underground art scene, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. She has been a fellow at the Berea College Traditional Music Archive and OneBeat (Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation); three years artistic director of Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; and co-curator of Baltimore's Crankie Festival. She is a summer 2017 fellow at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and recently studied in a workshop with Meredith Monk. She can be found on tour with Elizabeth LaPrelle

Speakeasy Boys

The Speakeasy Boys

The Speakeasy Boys started out as a group of local musicians who simply like to get together and play music. Every Sunday, they would meet up and play along the banks of the Potomac River near Packhorse Ford, located outside of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and at a nearby house dubbed “the Speakeasy”. Nowadays, they play a wide variety of venues, including pubs, clubs, theaters, festivals, parades, local events and private parties. In its current incarnation, the band includes Joe Eves (banjo), Than Hitt (guitar), Scott Schmied (washtub bass), Robbie Caruthers (fiddle), and Keith Stegall (mandolin).

John Lilly

John Lilly

Hosting the Saturday concert is musician John Lilly. Known for his unique style of Americana, roots country, and traditional folk music, he effortlessly blends the music of earlier generations with his own colorful vision, punctuated by crisp musicianship, a lively sense of humor, and a little yodel for good measure. John Lilly’s unique blend of music bridges the waters between tradition and innovation. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.” A former member of the Green Grass Cloggers, John has spent years playing traditional string band music with groups including Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He is a former a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and is past editor of West Virginia’s Goldenseal magazine and editor of the book, Mountains of Music: West Virginia Traditional Music from Goldenseal. He just released his most recent album State Songs.



Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. | Frank Center Theater

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, and now under the direction of Cox as Artistic & Executive Director, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The company is committed to producing new works of the highest quality and integrity that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance.

Tickets: $25 (general public), $20 (seniors/Shepherd staff), and $15 (children). Free for full-time Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation National Endowment for the Arts

artistic excellence, diversity, and opportunities for learning are at the heart of our mission

Join the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd for another year of extraordinary arts experiences designed to inspire and extend learning opportunities across our regional community.

Did you know that ticket sales cover only about 10 percent of the cost of most events? PASS performances and outreach programs for children and community members are made possible by Shepherd students through Student Activity Fees allocated by the Student Government Association. Additional financial support for some programs is provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

All of the events listed in the PASS season feature additional opportunities to engage with the artists. For more information about workshops and masterclasses, contact Rachael Meads, director of student activities and leadership, at To learn more about arts opportunities in our community, visit our website for links to the wonderful arts organizations that make Shepherdstown such a vibrant community: Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to PASS to allow us to continue our school and community outreach programs.

Tickets & Accommodations

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Ticket prices vary from event to event, reflective of the production costs for the performance. Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID may receive one free ticket to all PASS events while tickets last at the Shepherd Bookstore.

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Performing Arts Series at Shepherd tickets are available for purchase at the Shepherd University Bookstore.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Bookstore is located on the ground level of the Student Center (210 N. King Street), directly across the street from the Scarborough Library. Shop online at

Tickets may be purchased using cash, checks, or VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd University Bookstore until 4 p.m. on the day of the event or the last business day prior to the event. Tickets may also be purchased at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before each performance (if the show is not already sold out).

Buy Tickets Over the Internet

Tickets may be purchased using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd Bookstore webstore. Just visit, and click on the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd box. Follow the instructions and your tickets will be held for pick up at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office on the night of the performance. Note: Online ticket orders will be accepted through NOON the day of the performance. After this point, patrons should purchase them in person at the Student Center or at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before the performance.

Buy Tickets Over the Phone

Tickets may also be purchased with VISA, MasterCard, or Discover over the phone by calling the Shepherd Bookstore at 304-876-5219. Phone purchases will be held under the purchaser's name for pick up at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office on the night of the performance. Reservations are not accepted without payment.

Special Accommodations & Seating

Shepherd University is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities or special needs. To assure that we are prepared to accommodate your needs, please contact Rachael Meads at or 304-876-5113 to make a request at least 7 days prior to the event.

All seating is general admission/non-reserved. Doors usually open for seating at 7:30 p.m.

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