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School of Music to host October 14 open house

ISSUED: 12 September 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University School of Music will host a Visitation Day on Monday, October 14, that is open to all high school seniors and juniors and transfer students 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 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 in this event.

Current high school seniors and prospective transfer students can also arrange an individual audition during this Visitation Day for acceptance to Shepherd’s School of Music and priority consideration for a music scholarship. Regular music school audition dates for the fall 2020 class are scheduled for Saturday, January 25, and Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Shepherd offers offer 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 many experienced performers and educators. Master classes are regularly offered 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, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles toured England in 2007, and 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 2013. The Shepherd music department participated in the Alba International Music Festival in 2015, touring Milan, Torino, Pisa, Cremona, Cinque Terre, and Rome, and toured 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 School 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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