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Music department to host April 2 high school visitation day

ISSUED: 20 March 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a visitation day on Monday, April 2, that is open to all high school seniors and juniors 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. 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. Interested parents are also welcome to attend. There is no charge to participate.

Shepherd offers three music degrees—a Bachelor of Music in Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in music. Shepherd’s Department of Music has a mission to challenge its 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 some of the region’s most experienced performers and educators. Master classes are regularly offered with nationally acclaimed guest artists who are touring the region. Shepherd students are invited to perform at a number of venues and have appeared at Giant’s Stadium, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, in cathedrals around the world, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles have toured England, and the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir have toured Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Paris, Côte d’Azur, and Monte Carlo. The Shepherd music department participated in the 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, 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, 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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