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Shepherd Salon Series—Anyone for Seconds?
Two Rivers Trio
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm
The Two Rivers Trio, bassoonist Richard Polonchak along with twin sons Matthew and Michael, presents a program featuring Mozart’s second Serenade, Haydn’s second London Trio and Telemann’s second trio sonata.  Also on the program will be Borodin’s trio (transcribed) on a Russian folk song, Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz and some rags and pop songs. Sponsored by Jefferson Security BankFree and open to the public.

Fairy Tales and Folk Songs—Symphonic Band Concert
Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00 p.m.
The Shepherd Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel, presents fantastic voyage of story and song with the Brothers Grimm, Vaughan Williams, Colonna, Bigelow, Wilson, Chambers, Sondheim, Hazo, and Blackshaw. Frank Center Theater. Tickets.

The Earth Adorned—Spring Choral Concert
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd University Chamber Singers and Camerata, under the direction of Dr. Steven Grives, present a nature-themed concert featuring three student conductors, Lexi Cookus, Brianna Schmück, and Katie Turner. Shepherd choral ensembles will be joined by special guest ensemble, the Chamber Singers from Washington High School (Charles Town, WV) and their director Mr. Ken Cooper.  Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

Alex Lalumondiere, Clarinet Recital
Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Amelia Rampersad, Community Recital
Sunday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Shepherd Salon Series—Robin Rhodes
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm
Shepherd faculty Robin Rhodes presents a solo bass recital with exclusively 21st century works and woven together with improvisations! Repertoire to include Figment III by Elliott Carter, original works by Rhodes, and more. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Sponsored by Jefferson Security BankFree and open to the public.

String Quartet Concert
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Come hear a string quartet concert premiering original works by our student composers. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Composition Concert
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Come hear a distinguished list of young composers as they present their vision of tomorrow’s music. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Musical Showcase for Scholarships
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The evening’s program will highlight the exceptional alumni, students, and faculty of the Shepherd University School of Music, all in efforts to raise much-needed scholarship funds. Frank Arts Center Theater. For more information click here.

Jackson Cohen, Composition Recital
Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Mike Cantley, Guitar Recital
Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Shepherd Salon Series— Shepherd Faculty Chamber Music for Earth Day
Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
Celebrate nature with a trio for flute, cello, and piano featuring Shepherd faculty members Andrea Diggs on flute, Camilo Peréz-Mejía on cello, and Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao on piano. The program includes Vox Balaenae (The Voice of the Whale) by George Crumb and Voices of the Rainforest by Spanish-America composer Elisenda Fábregas. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Sponsored by Jefferson Security BankFree and open to the public.

Piano Ensemble Recital
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd piano ensemble under the direction of Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

American Spirit—Wind Ensemble Concert
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00 p.m.
The Shepherd Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel, will feature works by all American composers who capture various scenes, dances, places, and moods from across our diverse nation. A free pre-concert lecture describing the works will begin at 7:00 p.m. Frank Center Theater. Tickets.

Small Ensembles Recital
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Come hear the best of our small ensembles. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Jazz at Shepherd—Jazz-n-Java
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Come out for jazz and java in our makeshift coffee house at the Marinoff Theater. An evening of hot coffee and even HOTTER jazz with a mix of our jazz ensemble and jazz combos under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, Kevin Pace and Kelton Norris. Coffee and refreshments are offered with admission! Tickets.

Masterworks Chorale—Come away to the skies: a High Lonesome Mass
Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Steven Grives, presents Come away to the skies: a High Lonesome Mass, by Dr. Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay, with co-composer Dr. Sharp leading the bluegrass band.  In addition, audience members are encouraged to bring their voices and instruments to the concert for a rousing sing/play along. Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

Shepherd Youth Chorus and Shepherd Recorder Ensemble
Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd Youth Chorus directed by Dr. Austin Showen, and the Shepherd Community Recorder Ensemble, directed by Andrea Diggs, present their final concert of the season in the Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

Shepherd Community Orchestra and Shepherd Sinfonia
Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd Community Orchestra, directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía, and the Shepherd Sinfonia, directed by Renee Shaw Nutwell, present their final concert of the season in the Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

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The Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show—exhibition performance
Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Help! by the Beatles, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes and Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. Ram Stadium.

Hallelujah Junction — Piano Duo Concert
Sunday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Pianists Dr. Maggie Chen—Associate Professor at Ling-Tung University, Taiwan, and Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao—Shepherd University Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor, combine forces to present a diverse and intriguing piano duo concert featuring John Adams’s monumental work ”Hallelujah Junction” for two pianos. Other works on the program include Carlos Guastavino’s “Tres Romances Argentinos” for two pianos; Taiwanese composer Ming-Hsiu Yen’s four intelligent and playful Children Games called “Toy Kaleidoscope,” with homages to composers Satie, Debussy, Prokofiev, and Rimsky-Korsakov; and Nikolai Kapustin’s jazzy piece “Sinfonietta.” McCoy Rehearsal Hall. Free and open to the public.

Game Day — Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show
Saturday, September 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, and Jump, Jive n’Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ram Stadium.

Shepherd Salon Series—Faculty Jazz ensemble
Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Kick off this season’s Salon Series with a dynamic set of original music from the Shepherd University Jazz Faculty, featuring Kurtis Adams on saxophone, Peter Heiss on guitar, Bob Sykes on piano, Kevin Pace on bass, and Kelton Norris on drums. The performance will be recorded live in W.H. Shipley Recital Hall. Sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank. Free and open to the public.

Benjamin Smith, Voice Recital
Sunday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Game Day — Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show
Saturday, September 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, and Jump, Jive n’Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ram Stadium.

Game Day — Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show
Saturday, September 30 at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, and Jump, Jive n’Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ram Stadium.

Monday Morning Musicale
Monday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Wake up to music as select Shepherd student musicians and ensembles perform in W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation before and after the concert in the Dr. Robert Scott Beard Memorial lobby. Free and open to the public.

Natalie McGeachy, Clarinet Recital
Sunday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

United States Navy Sea Chanters 
Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The Sea Chanters, the United States Navy’s official chorus, performs a variety of music including traditional choral music, sea chanteys, patriotic fare, opera, Broadway and contemporary music. The Sea Chanters regularly perform for the public in the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the United States while on national tours. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. Frank Arts Center Theater. Free and open to the public.

Jazz at Shepherd — Black, Brown and Beige
Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, presents Duke Ellington’s tone poem Black, Brown, and Beige, one of the seminal works of the composer’s legendary career. Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

Homecoming Game Day — Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show
Saturday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, and Jump, Jive n’Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ram Stadium.

Kaitlyn Warren, Piano Recital
Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Jacob Miner, Saxophone Recital
Sunday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Light and Life—Fall Choral Concert
Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd University Camerata and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Steven Grives, present works by Anton Bruckner, Gabriel Fauré, Eric Whitacre, Franz Biebl, Sarah Quartel, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, Brian Tate, and more. The Music Theater Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Bobb Robinson will present excerpts from the upcoming spring production of Into the Woods.  Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

Jonathan Zutt, Percussion Recital
Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m.
McCoy Rehearsal Hall. Free and open to the public.

Shepherd Salon Series— Classical Beats—Sonic Escape
Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Sonic Escape is violinist Maria Kaneko Millar and flutist Shawn Wyckoff, a pair of Juilliard graduates whose blend of hyper-instrumentals, stories, moves and original works is “wonderfully imaginative… with a wide-ranging, anything-goes sense of fun.” (The Washington Post) In Classical Beats, they offer up hyper-instrumental renditions of original works and creative covers for flute and violin, incorporating multi-tracked production and instrumentals to instantly wow audiences, unfurling a symphony of sounds in real time. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Sponsored by Jefferson Security BankFree and open to the public.

Game Day — Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show
Saturday, November 4 at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, and Jump, Jive n’Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ram Stadium.

Zoey Breakall, Voice Recital
Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Jazz at Shepherd — Jazz Combos
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd Jazz Combo, under the direction of Kelton Norris, will perform works by Fats Waller, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Pee Wee Ellis, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Van Heusen, Frank Churchill, and Duke Ellington. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Game Day — Ram Band 50th Anniversary Show
Saturday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Ram Band as they celebrate fifty seasons of marching band at Shepherd University with Shepherd fight songs SU Fight, Can’t Turn You Loose, and Fight On, and music from some of the Ram Band’s most popular half-time shows, including Swingin’ Shepherd Blues, Earth, Wind and Fire’s In The Stone/September, Mambo from West Side Story, Santana’s Smooth, Seasons of Love from Rent, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, and Jump, Jive n’Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ram Stadium.

The Armed Man—Masterworks Chorale
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Steven Grives, presents The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. Commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. The composition is based on the Catholic Mass, combined with other sources, principally the 15th-century folk song “L’homme armé.” Frank Arts Center Theater. Tickets.

Tristan Snyder, Trombone Recital
Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Jacob Routzhan, Guitar Recital
Sunday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Things My Students Taught Me
Percussionist Steve Owen and Friends
Monday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Steve Owen presents a suite of four pieces he has coached but never performed, followed by a set of jazz/fusion tunes with The Legacy Groove Project — guitarist Alan Prather, bassist Aaron Clay, pianist Greg Riddington. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Small Ensembles Recital
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Come hear the best of our small ensembles. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Fantasy!—Piano Ensemble Recital
Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The Fantasy of piano duet music:  Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves; Fantasiestykker by Niels Gade; Fatinitz-Marsche by Franz von Suppé; The Medley of The Pirates of Penzance; and much more! W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Epic Escapades—Wind Symphony 
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Come see and hear our newest class of student conductors as they present a program of band classics both old and new with the Wind Symphony. Featuring works by Eric Whitacre, Johan de Meij, Dakota Pederson, Edward Grieg, Randall Standridge, Florence Price, and John Mackey. Frank Arts Center Theater.

Holiday Kaleidoscope—Annual Holiday Gala Concert
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m.
This warm and inspiring holiday musical tradition will feature a dynamic and colorful program by the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, the Chamber Singers, Camerata, and more! Frank Arts Center Theater.

Shepherd Youth Chorus and Recorder Ensemble
Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd Youth Chorus directed by Dr. Austin Showen, and the Shepherd Community Recorder Ensemble, directed by Andrea Diggs, present their first concert of the season in the Frank Arts Center Theater.

Shepherd Community Orchestra and Sinfonia
Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shepherd Community Orchestra, directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía, and the Shepherd Sinfonia, directed by Renee Shaw Nutwell, present their first concert of the season in the Frank Arts Center Theater.

Jazz at Shepherd — Jazz Ensemble Concert
Friday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble performs with special guest artist Kevin Woods. Frank Arts Center Theater.

19th Annual Honor Music Festival Concert
Sunday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m.
A great concert of music featuring outstanding high school students from the four-state region. Conductors for the Honor Music Festival are Dr. Scott Hippensteel (Wind Ensemble), Dr. Kurtis Adams (Jazz Ensemble), Dr. Steven Grives (Choir). Special guest conductors are Dr. Thomas Caneva for the Honor Wind Ensemble, Kevin Woods for the Honor Jazz Ensemble, and Dr. Jeremy Mims for the Honor Choir. Frank Arts Center Theater.

Into the Woods—Musical Theater production
Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday February 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Don’t miss Shepherd University’s production of the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine! Under the direction of kb saine and musical direction of Dr. Bobb Robinson, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. Frank Center Theater.

Jazz at Shepherd—Shepherd Jazz Festival
Saturday, February 17 at 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Performances throughout the day by middle and high school jazz bands from throughout the region. Students from Charles Town Middle School, Shepherdstown Middle School, Wildwood Middle School, Admiral Richard Byrd Middle School, James Wood Middle School and Harpers Ferry Middle School will perform from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Students from Washington High School and Jefferson High School will perform from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Frank Center Theater. Free and open to the public.

Logan Jackson, Trumpet Recital
Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m.
W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Global Harmony—Wind Ensemble Concert
Friday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00 p.m.
The Shepherd Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Scott Hippensteel, presents an evening of music inspired by cultures from countries around the planet including: Argentina, Armenia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, and Scotland. A free pre-concert lecture describing the works will begin at 7:00 p.m. Frank Center Theater.

Shepherd Salon Series—A Night of Storytelling through Song
Adam and Wendi Griffiths
Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm
Husband-and-wife duo, tenor Adam and soprano Wendi Griffiths, accompanied by Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao on piano, present an evening of engaging stories from opera, art song, and musical theater. W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. Sponsored by Jefferson Security BankFree and open to the public.