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Shepherd's Masterworks Chorale to perform Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11

ISSUED: 29 October 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Masterworks Chorale to perform Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University's Masterworks Chorale, the Eastern Panhandle's premiere vocal ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Erik Reid Jones, will present Schubert's "Mass in G" and "Requiem" by Gabriel Fauré on Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, and Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Center.

Schubert's "Mass in G" will be guest conducted by professor of cello at Shepherd Stephen Czarkowski. Czarkowski is also on the cello and conducting faculty of Landon School, Bullis School, and Montgomery College. He is principal cellist (Jim and Linda Walker Chair) of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and shares conducting duties with the Preparatory Orchestra at Shepherd. He graduated from the Catholic University of America with a graduate artist diploma in orchestral conducting. Czarkowski received his bachelor of music degree from the Mannes College, the New School for Music. He is an active member of the Conductors Guild and serves on the board of directors. Czarkowski serves as assistant conductor of the Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C., as well as orchestra personnel manager and principal cellist. He is conductor of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. Czarkowski led the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., as a debut conductor, in conjunction with being selected for the 2003 National Conducting Institute.

Dr. Erik Reid Jones, professor of music at Shepherd and founder and artistic director of the Master Singers of Virginia, received his bachelor of music degree summa cum laude in vocal music education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his master of music degree in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, and his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland at College Park. Jones has taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Harford Community College, and the University of Maryland. Jones is a published author and a choral composer, with more than 20 works to his credit.

The Masterworks Chorale, a vocal ensemble with more than 130 singers, is comprised of Shepherd vocal students and members from the community. The ensemble presents two full-length productions per year of great masterpieces from the choral literature as well as appearances at the Annual Holiday Gala Concert.

General admission is $22 in advance and $27 at the door. The tickets are $22 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $15 for students 18 and under.

For ticket information, call 304-876-5765 or visit


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