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Dear School of Music Community,

For the past semester, we’ve enjoyed sharing our performances with you “live” via our YouTube channel. These broadcasts have provided us the opportunity to share the outstanding music the students and faculty of the School of Music have continued to make safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This past spring, the large ensembles presented two mixed ensemble broadcasts, on April 9th and May 7th. These broadcasts featured performances by our choral groups, wind ensemble, and jazz ensemble.

As a special treat, the Shepherd University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel presented a live-streamed concert from the Frank Center on March 5th. This concert celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will feature Scots-Irish music and special guest pipers performing with the band.

We rounded out our Salon Series with two programs. On February 5th, Dr. Candice Mowbray, guitar professor and alumna of the SoM, presented an eclectic program of music featuring several of her musical friends: Anita Thomas, Danny Webber, Dr. Rob Tudor, Dr. Bobb Robinson, and Dr. Julianna Hayward. To conclude the Salon Series, Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao, clarinet professor David Drosinos, and cello professor Camilo Perez-Mejia presented a piano trio program on April 1st. The trio dedicated their live-streamed April 1 Salon Series performance to the late Dr. Scott Beard, who had launched the Shepherd Music Salon Series in the 2011-2012 season. This event was live-streamed from the W. H. Shipley Recital Hall and featured our new Steinway B piano graciously donated by the Shepherd University Foundation. As always, we offer our deepest appreciation to Jefferson Security Bank for continued support of the Salon Series at Shepherd. They are amazing partners in bringing these wonderful performances to you.

Finally, the School of Music was happy to present “Spring Celebration” — a free live outdoor concert on the Butcher Center Plaza featuring the Shepherd Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel, the Camerata and the Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Rachel Carlson, and the Ramblers choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Tudor. An enthusiastic audience of more than two hundred masked and socially distance community members attended the first Shepherd’s first public music concert in over a year.

The students, faculty, and staff of the School of Music are looking forward to the fall when we will be able to welcome audiences back into the Frank Center. We look forward to sharing the special energy that comes from live music-making together. Until then, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our performances and join our mailing list for updates about our upcoming concert season. We appreciate your continued support of our amazing Shepherd music students. We look forward to performing for you: our friends and family.

See you at the next concert!

Kurtis Adams
Director, School of Music

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