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Musical Showcase for Scholarships

2024 Annual Musical Showcase for Scholarships

The 2024 School of Music’s Annual Musical Showcase for Scholarships will take place on Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The evening’s program will feature over a dozen School of Music alumni, representing stellar careers in voice, instrumental performance, acting, teaching, and broadcast editing. Following the performance is a Meet-the-Artists dessert reception.

This year’s Musical Showcase, co-chaired by Marcia Brand and Susan Mills, with Dr. Mary J. C. Hendrix, Shepherd president, once again serving as honorary chair of the event. The goal for 2024 is to raise at least $35,000 in much-needed scholarship money at a lively musical showcase extravaganza.

Over the last seven years, this event has brought in more than $245,000 for student recruitment and retention. The phenomenal support from the Musical Showcase for Scholarships is essential to maintaining enrollment and reaching the projection of 120 strategically selected music majors.

General admission tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, click here.

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

For Showcase sponsorship information, click here, or contact Sherri Janelle at 304-876-5043 or

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.

The Shepherd University School of Music is grateful for the support of all who attend our Musical Showcase for Scholarships and its generous sponsors.

2024 Musical Showcase for Scholarships Sponsors

Director – $5,000+
Beth Batdorf and John Bresland
Estate of Richard Durham
Susan Kemnitzer

Virtuoso – $2,500+
Marcia Brand and Mark Outhier
Vickie Weagly and Polly Kuhns
Hank Willard and Jeffrey Greer

Conductor – $1,000+
Marianne Alexander
Susan and Gat Caperton
Alan Gibson
Liz and Chris Giese
Mary Hendrix and Charles Craft
Rose Bailey Jorgeson and Susan Bailey Schramm
Susan Mills

Concertmaster – $500+
Judith and Mark Briod
Joe and Susan Brookreson
Sue Pellish
Peter and Victoria Smith
Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield
Rob Tudor and Bobb Robinson

Friend – $250+
Greg Coble and CB Babcock
Jack Kendall and James Puglisi
Tom Mayes and Rod Glover
Judith Miller Jones
John Miller

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