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Dear Shepherd University Music camp families,

I hope this message finds you well and safe. It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the June 2020 Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camp at Shepherd University. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided this to be the wisest course of action at this time. Given the uncertainty of the situation, we have made this decision at this time with our priority being the health and safety of everyone involved with the camps, including students, faculty and staff.

Please direct questions to Sherry Sykes, Coordinator for Shepherd University Community Music division.
Please stay safe and we look forward to the summer camps in June 2021.

Kurtis Adams
Director, Shepherd University School of Music

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

The Shepherd University School of Music 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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Summer Music Programs – Cancelled 

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.                       

Sr. String Camp – Cancelled for June 2020
Students enrolled in grades 8-12 during the current 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.

Jr. String Orchestra Camp – Cancelled for June 2020
String players in grades 3 – 7 are invited to register. * See specific information in the String Camp brochure.

Partial 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

Early Childhood Program – Cancelled for summer 2020

Music classes for the youngest of our students, ages 18 months – 8 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.

Fall semester classes will begin September 11 – November 13, 2020.

To register contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu

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 Community Orchestra is directed by Camilo Peréz-Mejía, and the Junior String Ensemble is directed by Renee Shaw Nutwell.

Auditions for violin, viola, cello and bass seating will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Frank Center

Next performance: December 9 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theater

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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. If your child loves to sing, and would like to learn proper singing techniques in a fun and challenging atmosphere, please contact Sherry Sykes to reserve an audition time.

Auditions/Assessments will take place on Wednesday, September 2 between 5:30pm-6:30pm in Room 125 in the Frank Center.

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Please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu for more information.

Next Performance: December 9 at 7:30pm in the Frank Center Theater

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
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Music Courses

Adult Group Keyboard Classes, with instructor, Susan Carpenter, just for fun, in a social, supportive atmosphere with no grades, deadlines or recitals. For placement questions and to register, please contact Sherry Sykes at ssykes@shepherd.edu

Fall 2020 dates for the Adult Keyboard classes will be posted over the summer.

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