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Shepherd University Music School makes a difference

By Staff | Feb 28, 2020

I’m still smiling as I hear the sounds and feel the vibes of the Shepherd University School of Music Wind Ensemble program Celebration of Life concert on Feb. 14. And, on Feb. 15, I had the good fortune of hearing great jazz by our local high school and middle school bands at the Shepherd University Jazz Festival. I was surrounded at both programs by proud parents and younger siblings and aunts and uncles which added to the joy.

I have a passion for all the arts and especially music, so I admit to being biased. I am not a scientist, but I think there is some evidence that music is good for our well-being. Music is one way that we can join with each other in spite of our differences. Music soothes the soul, and is a language that we can all understand. Music is an exquisite expression of humanity and it inspires creativity in all of life’s endeavors. Music is transformative.

Shepherd University Music School offers an amazing array of wonderful programs right here in Jefferson County. There are even ensembles that are open to community members of all ages. Jefferson Security Bank sponsors a wonderful Salon Series that brings professional musicians to the Shipley Recital Hall free-of-charge. And, if you have a child, please consider getting them involved in the Shepherd preparatory division offerings by e-mailing Sherry Sykes, Community Music Division Coordinator, at ssykes@shepherd.edu or calling 304-876-5248, To get further information about any of the music programs, please call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/music.

Beth K. Batdorf, of Shepherdstown