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Community Music at Shepherd Office contact information: Sherry Sykes, Coordinator of Shepherd’s Community Music Program. 304-876-5248 or ssykes@shepherd.edu.

The Music Department at Shepherd University has many opportunities for children, youth, and adult community members to study music through our Community Music at Shepherd program. If you are looking for private music lessons, an opportunity to play in an ensemble, continued development as a musician, or Early Childhood Music classes with your young child, Shepherd can fulfill your musical goals. Every June, we also offer summer Jazz and String Orchestra Camps for middle school and high school youth. Look below for links to registration forms and tuition/fee information. Open Enrollment For All Programs!

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Shepherd University Community Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble

The Shepherd Community Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble will hold auditions for advanced string players in elementary, middle and high school through adult performers. The Shepherd Coomunity Orchestra is directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía, and the Junior String Ensemble is directed by Renee Shaw.
Next performance: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre. General Admission, $5
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Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu for more information.

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Shepherd Youth Chorus

For male and female vocalists who are currently in grades 3-8.
Next performance: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theatre. General Admission, $5
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Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu for more information.

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

Private Music Lessons

Provides the opportunity for area music students, both school-age and adults, to take applied lessons through a community music program offered at the university. Experienced faculty and Shepherd student instructors offer instruction for all levels, from beginner to advanced, in the music studios in the Frank Center. Enrollment is ongoing, based on instructor availability. Students are welcome to participate in the Community Music Recital at the end of each semester. For information on lessons and instructor placement, please contact Sherry Sykes, Coordinator for Community Music programs, at ssykes@shepherd.edu  Click here to learn more.

Private Lesson Registration Form

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The next Student Recitals:
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00am and 11:30am
W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

Early Childhood Program

Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 5 years old. Taught by experienced instructor, Frauke Higgins, these classes benefit a child’s musical skills, and also improve language and verbal development and spatial-temporal skills!  The students will learn the rudiments of music (rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and melodic movement) by working on children’s songs from around the world.

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Spring 2019 classes:

Fridays January 18 – March 29, 2019.

9:15am-10:00am Musical Discoveries for 18 months to 3 years, with caregiver. Tuition $140 for the 10 week class

10:00am-10:45am Music for Pre-Schoolers, 3 – 5 years. Tuition $140 for the 10 week class

To register contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu. Winter/Spring 2019 Early Childhood Music Registration form

Music Courses

Adult Group Keyboard Classes, just for fun, in a social, supportive atmosphere with no grades, deadlines or recitals:

* Next 10 week session of Piano Classes begin January 30, 2019*

Spring session Beginner Level CANCELLED due to low enrollment

Spring Adult Piano Class: Level IV Advanced – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – April 10, 2019 at 6:30pm-7:30pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Spring Adult Piano Class: Level II Intermediate – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – April 10, 2019 at 4:00pm-5:00pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Spring Adult Piano Class: Level III Advanced – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – April 10, 2019 at 5:15pm-6:15pm. Instructor: Susan Carpenter

Tuition is $120.00 for the ten week class plus course materials. Adult Piano Class Registration Form

For placement questions, please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu.

Summer Music Programs

In our Summer Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camp, students will participate in group coaching, music theory lessons, workshops, and a concert at the end of the week.
2019 Dates:

Junior and Senior String Orchestra Camp:

June 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019 (registration information available in January 2019) Once again for 2019, we will be offering a Jr. String Orchestra camp for students in grades 4-7, under the direction of Renee Shaw. This younger group will meet everyday that week from 9:00am-noon.  Students enrolled in grades 8-12 during the 2018-19 academic year are invited to participate in the Sr. String Orchestra Camp. Highlights of the camp include string orchestra rehearsals and a concert, individual and group coaching, chamber music and string quartets, master classes, and faculty performances. Faculty include Dr. Scott Hippensteel, Heather Austin-Stone, Teresa Gordon, and Camilo Pérez-Mejía. Auditions will be held on the first day of camp for seating placement. Advanced 6th and 7th graders are welcome to participate in the Sr. Orchestra camp with prior approval from the faculty and Sherry Sykes, coordinator for the camps.

Junior and Senior Jazz Camp:

June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019 (registration information available in January 2019) Highlights of the camp include jazz band rehearsals and a concert for both the Junior and Senior levels, individual and group coaching, combo/improvisation classes, theory classes, master classes, and faculty performances. Students enrolled in grades 6-12 during the 2018 – 19 academic year are invited to participate. College students and jazz enthusiasts are also welcome!

2019 Jazz Camp Faculty include Dr. Kurtis Adams, Kevin Pace, bass;  Jack Kilby, drumset; Griffith Kazmierczak, trumpet and jazz violin; and Joshua Walker, jazz guitar.

Click on the links below for the 2019 Registration brochures. Register by April 15, 2019 to get the early bird discount!

Summer 2019 String Camp
Summer 2019 Jazz Camp

Scholarships available thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

For more information contact Sherry Sykes, Community Music Coordinator
Phone: 304-876-5248
Email:ssykes@shepherd.edu