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Music visitation day planned October 12

ISSUED: 8 September 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — High school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a music degree at Shepherd University will have the opportunity to live a “day in the life” of a college music student and learn about the audition and application process during the annual music visitation day Monday, October 12.

During visitation day 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. Interested parents are also welcome to attend visitation day.

Shepherd University offers three music degrees: a bachelor of music in performance, a bachelor of music education, and a bachelor of arts in music.

Music majors have the opportunity to study with the region’s most experienced performers and educators through master classes with nationally acclaimed guest artists. They also have many performance opportunities, including four choirs, wind ensemble, wind symphony, orchestra, chamber groups, two jazz bands, an opera every fall, musical theater every spring, and one of the best small-school marching bands in the country.

As a result of the high quality ensembles, Shepherd’s 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 Shepherd music department most recently participated in the Alba International Music Festival in May and toured Milan, Torino, Pisa, Cremona, Cinque Terre, and Rome.

To register for music visitation day, complete the registration form online at, print it out, and return it by mail to the 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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