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Press Release: Visitation Day Fall 2015

The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a Visitation Day on Monday, October 12, open to all high school seniors and juniors who are considering pursuing a degree in music at Shepherd University. Students will attend classes, meet the music faculty and current students, visit with representatives from the Admissions Office, hear ensemble rehearsals and performances, have lunch in the Dining Hall and take a guided campus tour. It will be an opportunity for students to live a “day in the life” of a Shepherd University music student and learn about the audition and application process. Interested parents are also welcome to attend Visitation Day.

Shepherd University Music offers offer three degrees: a Bachelor of Music (B. M.) in Performance, a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music. Shepherd University Department of Music has a mission to challenge its students to reach their potential by providing extraordinary experiences. Music majors have myriad performance opportunities, including four choirs, wind ensemble, wind symphony, orchestra, chamber groups, two jazz bands, an opera every year, and the best small-school marching band in the country.

Shepherd Music students have the opportunity to study with the region’s most experienced performers and educators. Master classes are regularly offered with nationally acclaimed guest artists while touring the region. As a result of the high quality ensembles, Shepherd’s students are invited to perform at a number of exciting venues, and have appeared at Giant’s Stadium, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, in cathedrals around the world, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles toured England in 2007, and the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir toured Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in May 2009, Spain in 2011, and Paris, the Côte d’Azur and Monte Carlo in May 2013. The Shepherd Music Department most recently participated in the Alba International Music Festival this past May 2015 and toured Milan, Torino, Pisa, Cremona, Cinque Terre, and Rome.

To register for Shepherd University Music Visitation Day, complete the registration form online at, print out and return by mail to Shepherd University Department of Music P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, fax to 304-876-0955, or email For more information about Shepherd University’s music degree programs and offerings, visit