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Department of Music to host spring visitation day April 8

ISSUED: 3 April 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a visitation day on Monday, April 8, open to all high school seniors and juniors and transfer students who are considering pursuing a degree in music at Shepherd.

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. Visitation day offers students the opportunity to live “a day in the life” of a Shepherd music student and learn about the audition and application process. Interested parents are also welcome to attend and there is no charge to participate.

Shepherd offers offer three music degrees, a Bachelor of Music in performance, Bachelor of Music Education, and 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.

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 Giant’s Stadium, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, cathedrals around the world, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles have toured England, and the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir have toured Germany, Austria, Paris, Côte d’Azur, Monte Carlo, and the Czech Republic. The Shepherd music department has participated in the Alba International Music Festival and toured Italy. The most recent trip was in May 2018 when the music department toured Spain and Portugal.

To register for Shepherd University Music visitation day, complete the registration form online at, print it out, and return it by mail to Shepherd University Department of Music, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, fax to 304-876-0955, or email it to

For more information about Shepherd’s music degree programs and offerings, visit

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