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A cappella concert on tap

By Staff | Oct 21, 2011

The Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir and Women’s Camerata, under the direction of Erik Reid Jones, will present an a cappella concert on today, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Frank Center.

The concert will feature Daniel Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata and the women’s camerata processing to an African piece with full percussion battery. The chamber singers, mostly an a cappella ensemble concentrating in masterpieces of the 20th century, is made up of 20 to 24 students. The women’s camerata is an ensemble of 30 to 35 female singers, comprised of voice majors and music majors at Shepherd. The men’s choir, under the direction of Joseph Regan, is an ensemble of 12 to 15 male voices singing jazz, doo-wop, barbershop, and classical male choir literature.

Jones is the director of choral and vocal activities at Shepherd and founder and artistic director of the Master Singers of Virginia. He received his bachelor of music degree summa cum laude in vocal music education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his master of music degree in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati and his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland at College Park. Jones has taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Harford Community College and the University of Maryland. He is a published author and avid choral composer.

General admission to the concert is $10; $5 for faculty, staff and students 18 and under; and free to Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC cardholders. Admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and advance reservations are not accepted. The box office opens one hour prior to performance.

For information, contact the Shepherd University concertline at 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.