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Musical Showcase for Scholarships

2022 Annual Musical Showcase for Scholarships

After a two-year hiatus, the Shepherd University School of Music’s Musical Showcase for Scholarships returned for its first in-person event since 2019 on Saturday, April 2, 2022 in the Frank Arts Center Theater. This year’s showcase featured current students, alumni, and faculty collaborations, highlighting the legacy of Shepherd University and its music program.

Established in 2017, the Musical Showcase for Scholarships is an annual opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of music majors at Shepherd. All the funds raised during the Showcase directly support the education of music majors at Shepherd and assist them in paying for tuition, books, instruments, and supplies—significantly reducing the tremendous stress and financial burden of attending college.

The 2022 Showcase also honored the memory of the late Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd’s former provost, educator, and talented concert pianist who died in March 2021. As a member of the event’s original planning committee, Beard knew all too well the importance of the scholarship funds generated by this concert.

The program focused on the connections between faculty and students in the School of Music. Dr. Kurtis Adams, director, pointed to the tight-knit community as a major contributor to the growth of the school’s students and the success of its graduates—giving them a sense of belonging and place, and making the School of Music a special place to study.

The program included performances by Shepherd’s voice faculty; a faculty/alumni jazz combo; a bagpipe and drum duo featuring Dr. Scott Hippensteel and alumnus Anthony Stoika; Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao with alumni and current students performing multi-hands works for piano; husband-wife alumni duo Chase Remsburg and Mary (Granofsky) Remsburg; mother-daughter alumni duo Sharon Granofsky and Mary Remsburg; a saxophone quartet, clarinet quintet, and vocal quintet; and excerpts from the original musical production “Motown: Music from the Motor City.”

Current students who performed included Korinne Myers, Martinsburg; Emily McMoran, Charles Town; Jerel Parker, Kearneysville; Patrick Anthony and Gabby Tedeschi , both of Sharpsburg, Maryland; Jacob Miner, Boonsboro, Maryland; Meghan Butler, Hagerstown, Maryland; Emily Ellmore, Big Pool, Maryland; Isaac Cheston, Walkersville, Maryland; Javier Flores, Frederick, Maryland; Sianna King, New Market, Maryland; Julia Stonesifer, Taneytown, Maryland; Chase Turner, New Windsor, Maryland; Natalie McGeachy, Winchester, Virginia; Amber Shayeb, Stephens City, Virginia; and Alex Lalumondiere, Front Royal, Virginia.

Over the past five years, this event has raised over $200,000 for student recruitment and retention and has helped students who otherwise might not be able to attend or remain in college. This year’s Showcase raised just over $32,000. All proceeds will provide scholarships for current and future music students at Shepherd.

The Shepherd University School of Music is grateful for the support of all who attended the 2022 Musical Showcase for Scholarship and its Sponsors:

Director $5,000+
Beth Batdorf and John Bresland

Virtuoso $2,500+
Marcia Brand and Mark Outhier
Joan and Erdem Ergin
Liz and Chris Giese
Victoria Weagly and Polly Kuhns

Conductor $1,000+
Susan and Gat Caperton
Alan Gibson
Rose Bailey Jorgeson and Susie Schramm
Susan Kemnitzer
Susan Mills
Anne and Roger Munro

Concertmaster $500+
Marellen Johnson Aherne
Charles Brown
Jack and Pat Egle
Mark and Lisa McCoy
John Pullen
Terri Roberts-Myers
Peter and Victoria Smith

Friend $250+
Judy Miller Jones

Very special thanks to the 2022 Musical Showcase for Scholarships Host Committee:

Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Honorary Chair
Marcia Brand, Chair
Kia Jones ‘18
John Karos ‘09
Anne Munro ‘74
Roger Munro
Mary Remsburg ‘15
Alvaro Silva ‘15

To make a donation of any size to the scholarship effort, click here.

To give by mail, download a Gift Form and mail the completed form and your check to:
Shepherd University Foundation
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Please make checks payable to Shepherd University Foundation.  On the form, under “Please designate my gift to:” be sure to check “Other” and write in A Musical Showcase for Scholarships.

For Showcase sponsorship information, please contact Christine Meyer at 304-876-5526 or

Here are highlights from the 2019 Musical Showcase for Scholarships.
Here are highlights from the 2018 Musical Showcase for Scholarships.
Here are highlights from the 2017 Musical Showcase for Scholarships.
For more information, call 304-876-5555.

Thank you for your generous support! I am the youngest of 4 in my family and I’m in my second year of college. Education is something that my family and I value immensely, and I am so grateful for all who have supported the Shepherd School of Music. I’m looking forward to advancing my education and being back in concerts with all your continuous support!
-Isaac Cheston, BME – Instrumental, 2022

The Music Foundation Scholarship pays a significant portion of my tuition here at Shepherd University. With that financial burden lifted, I am able to comfortably experience all of the wonderful things this department has to offer, which enhances my education greatly. I can improve myself both musically and academically with your support through this scholarship. Thank you so much for your continued generosity!
-Sophie Palmer, BME – Vocal 2021

Without the foundation scholarship, I would not have landed in the wonderful community Shepherd has to offer. I have seen myself grow just in the short year I have been here. Through these tough times, I have really seen the passion and dedication the faculty and students have. Thank you to everyone who continues to support Shepherd, and allows students like me to grow into the musician and educator I strive to be.
-Katherine Fetting, BME – Instrumental, 2023

Thank you. Those two words in our society do not always carry as much weight as they are worth. People throw around “thank you’s” out of politeness and rarely out of extreme, indescribable gratitude. This “thank you” is not one that I am saying to be courteous or to appear to be kind in character, but one that is coming from the depths of my being.

Without your support, I would not be able to attend Shepherd University without a significant financially based worry about whether I would be able to continue my education in the future. The School of Music does not only provide me with an education that I will cherish for the rest of my life, but also a community that I think of like a family. You have given me the opportunity to learn not just about music, but also about other people and about where I want my place in the community to be after I graduate.

Already I have felt the effects of your support through my education and the relationships that I have made in this past year. Even though this was only my first year as a student in the School of Music, I have already developed close bonds with my professors and learned how to think more musically than I ever thought I could in a single year. I would not trade the world for these two personal developments.

I consider my education and community that I have attained from being in the Shepherd University School of Music to be one of the most important things in my life. This education and the relationships that I have made would not be possible without your support. I sincerely thank you for helping to provide me with what I have been able to attain from the School of Music.

Thank you, wholeheartedly, for your support,
-Sianna King, BME – Instrumental, BA – Piano Pedagogy, 2023