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Music department to host October 9 visitation day

ISSUED: 15 September 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a Visitation Day on Monday, October 9, 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 music faculty and current students, visit with representatives from the Office of Admissions, hear ensemble rehearsals and performances, have lunch in the Dining Hall, and take a guided campus tour. The day offers an 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.

Shepherd 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 experienced performers and educators from across the region, and master classes are regularly offered with nationally-acclaimed guest artists. Shepherd’s students have been invited to perform at a number of major venues, including Giants Stadium, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, in cathedrals around the world, and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles have toured England. The Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir have performed in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Paris, the Côte d’Azur, and Monte Carlo. The Music Department will tour 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; 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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