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Music department to host April 17 visitation day

ISSUED: 7 April 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a visitation day on Monday, April 17, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event is open to all high school seniors and juniors who are considering a degree in music at Shepherd University and their parents.

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 University music student and learn about the audition and application process.

Shepherd offers three degrees—a Bachelor of Music in Performance, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in music. The Shepherd music department’s goal is to challenge students to reach their potential by providing 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 opportunities to study with experienced performers and educators and take regularly offered master classes 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, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles toured England in 2007. 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 May 2013. The Shepherd music department participated in Italy’s Alba International Music Festival in May 2015 and toured Milan, Torino, Pisa, Cremona, Cinque Terre, and Rome. The music department will be on tour in Spain and Portugal in May 2018.

To register for Shepherd University music visitation day, visit

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