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School of Music to host January 13 jazz concert with Amy K Bormet

ISSUED: 5 January 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Don’t miss an exciting night of jazz on the stage of the Frank Arts Center Theater on Friday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. with the Shepherd Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, head of the School of Music, and featuring special guest artist Amy K Bormet.

Bormet is a pianist, vocalist, and composer known for her fearless, free-wheeling style and dedication to creating new music. To collaborate with and celebrate women musicians, she started the annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011—directing, financing, and performing in the annual festival and other women-focused events in the Washington, D.C., area.

Bormet is a teaching artist, collaborating with the Kennedy Center’s recent addition, the REACH, to present and perform with her all-women trio “the future of jazz is female” for middle school students. She serves as a mentor and teacher at the summer program for the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, where she has participated since she was a high school student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jazz studies, piano performance from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts in jazz studies from Howard University.

The Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout the East Coast and Europe, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Longwood, Blue Ridge, and East Coast Jazz festivals in the United States, as well as in regional festivals throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

General admission tickets to the concert are $15; $10 for Shepherd faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens, active-duty military, and students aged 18 and under; and free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID.

For more information about upcoming events and to purchase tickets online, visit the School of Music Calendar of Concerts webpage.

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