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Dear School of Music Community,

Welcome to our fall concert season at Shepherd University. Last March, like all other performing arts organizations, we were compelled to close our doors in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our concert and recital halls were silent. Now the university is prepared to safely welcome students back to campus and the School of Music is excited for the opportunity to offer music to our students, family, friends, and community.

Music is a beacon that can help us all maintain hope through this difficult situation. As we continue to navigate this ever-changing situation, the School of Music has chosen to produce musical events that will allow us to perform music for our friends and family while keeping maintaining safety for all. As such, we have chosen to create broadcast performances of our large ensembles and Salon Series performances. Student recitals this semester will be live-streamed.

Our large ensemble broadcasts will feature the choral, wind, and jazz ensembles sharing the program over three performances, October 9, October 30, and November 20, in addition to our annual Holiday Gala, December 12. We will present a program that incorporates live music with commentary, background information, and “behind the scenes” knowledge from the ensemble directors and student musicians. This will also be accompanied by a live chat function where patrons can interact with the directors and musicians as we all view the performance together in real time. These broadcasts will allow for easier access for all and address the buffering issues found for some with live streaming.

How will you get access to one of these shows? Great question! The SoM will have fully online ticket sales! Patrons will be able to purchase a household ticket for $15 granting access to the concert. Ticketholders will be sent a link to the performance that will go live at the designated time. This allows all of us to experience the performance at the same time. Please continue to check our website for up to date ticketing information. Please plan to join us virtually for these fantastic performances. 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

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. The community of artists and educators in the Shepherd University School of Music has watched with pain as brutal acts of violence continue to be perpetrated against people of color. The SoM stands against systemic racism and all acts of injustice and violence committed in its name. We stand with our Black students, colleagues, collaborators, patrons, community members, and friends. Your lives matter.

Music and the arts have long been on the frontlines of social change and will continue to do so in this time of deep division and pain. We will offer our creative energies to make works that offer opportunities to express, learn, and ultimately, heal. We will continue to build an inclusive, equitable, and accessible community for all people.

To that end, we also recognize the Whiteness of our music curriculum in the School of Music. Like many music institutions, our classes, ensembles, and experiences often center around music from the Western European tradition and its derivatives. Music of other cultures, including Black culture, is given little attention as compared with the music of White dominant cultures. The music studied here may often bear limited resemblance to the musical experiences of our Black students and community members. With this in mind, the faculty of the School of Music pledges to examine and revise our offerings to include Black music and music of other cultures. We also pledge to continue our tradition of understanding and celebrating each person’s unique musical experiences that make up who they are as students, artists, and individuals. Black Lives Matter.

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