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Salon Series concert set for February 23

ISSUED: 10 February 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The next Shepherd University 2016-2017 Music Salon Series concert, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center W.H. Shipley Recital Hall. Soprano and Shepherd alumna Jaely Chamberlain and pianist Andrew Welch will present “Neo-Classicism from the Americas to the British Isles.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will include works by Hahn, Britten, and Barber.

Australian native Chamberlain has expertise that spans from the classical repertoire to the standards of jazz and musical theater. While at Shepherd, Chamberlain won the Outstanding Music Major Award in 2011-12 and graduated magna cum laude. She was a McMurran Scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Chamberlain is currently based in the Mid-Atlantic region. Recent accolades include first prize in the 2016 MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition, second prize in the 2015 Kennett Symphony Orchestra Voice Competition, and an Encouragement Award from the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is the 2016 recipient of grants from Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies and the Marion Park Lewis Foundation for the Arts.

Welch has worked as a pianist and conductor at venues in Washington, D.C., including the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Millennium Stage, the Washington National Opera, the Smithsonian, the Lyceum, and the State Department. Welch also serves as organist and choirmaster at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information about the Shepherd Salon Series or other Department of Music events, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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