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Department of Music to host October 8 visitation day

ISSUED: 17 September 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a Visitation Day on Monday, October 8, open to all high school seniors and juniors and transfer students who are considering pursuing a degree in music at Shepherd. Interested parents are also welcome to attend. There is no charge to participate in this event.

Students will attend classes, meet the music faculty and current students, visit with representatives from the admissions office, hear ensemble rehearsals and performances, have lunch in the Dining Hall, and take a guided campus tour. It will be an opportunity for students to live a day in the life of a Shepherd music student and learn about the audition and application process.

Current high school seniors and prospective transfer students can also arrange an individual audition during Visitation Day for admission to Shepherd’s music department and priority consideration for a music scholarship. Music department audition dates for the Fall 2019 incoming class are scheduled for January 26 and February 23, 2019.

Shepherd University offers three music degrees: a Bachelor of Music in performance, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in music. The mission of Shepherd’s music department is to challenge students to reach their potential by providing extraordinary experiences. Music majors have many performance opportunities, including four choirs, wind ensemble, wind symphony, orchestra, chamber groups, two jazz bands, an opera every year, and marching band.

Shepherd music students have the opportunity to study with many experienced performers and educators from the region. Master classes are regularly offered with nationally acclaimed guest artists. Shepherd students are invited to perform at a number of venues and have appeared at Giants Stadium, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, in cathedrals around the world, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles toured England in 2007, and the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir toured Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic in May 2009, Spain in 2011, and Paris, the Côte d’Azur, and Monte Carlo in 2013. The Shepherd music department participated in the Alba International Music Festival in 2015, touring Milan, Torino, Pisa, Cremona, Cinque Terre, and Rome, and toured Spain and Portugal in May 2018.

To register for Shepherd University Music Visitation Day, complete the registration form at, print it out and return by mail to Shepherd University Department of Music, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443; or fax it to 304-876-0955; or email it to For more information about Shepherd University’s music degree programs and offerings, visit

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