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Shepherd's Department of Music to present a percussion ensemble concert April 17

ISSUED: 15 April 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Department of Music to present a percussion ensemble concert April 17)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Department of Music will present a percussion ensemble concert on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Shepherd Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of adjunct faculty member Dr. Michelle Humphreys, will present "Bravura" by Philip Faini, conducted by Michael Kincaid; "Xylophonia" by Joe Green, featuring Louise Campbell on xylophone; "Bouree I" by William Cahn, with multiple percussion by Michael Kincaid; "Music for Pieces of Wood" by Steve Reich; "Study in 5/8" by Mitchell Peters, conducted by Cody Rausch; "Crystal Mallet" by Arthur Lipner, featuring Ronald Rowlett on vibraphone; "The Frame Problem" by James Romig; and "Stampede" by Muray Houllif. Members of the ensemble include Jordan Agey, David Albin, Jonathan Blank, Louise Campbell, Sawyer Gaydon, Cameron Gore, Michael Kincaid, Cody Rausch, and Ronald Rowlett.

Humphreys teaches percussion at Shepherd, directs the Shepherd Percussion Ensemble, teaches percussion techniques courses, and coordinates Shepherd's Percussion Festival, an annual event for percussionists and drummers that features instructional clinics, performances, and networking opportunities for professional, student, and amateur drummers and percussionists. Humphreys has performed as a classical percussionist, world music instrumentalist, and drummer. She is principal percussionist with the Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Lafayette, and Opera Vivente. Humphreys has also performed with the American Opera Theater, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Philharmonic, Ars Antiqua, and the Foundling. She earned her bachelor of music degree from Towson University, where she won the Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition; her master of music degree in percussion performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music; and her doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

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