Shepherdstown briefs

August 08, 2005

Chorale auditions set for Aug. 13-28

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Masterworks Chorale is holding auditions from Aug. 13 to 28 for membership for the 2005-06 season.

Auditions are open to everyone and include vocal exercises and basic sight reading. Singers are asked not to prepare a piece.

Under the new direction of Erik Reid Jones, Masterworks Chorale meets every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the new rehearsal hall in the Frank Center.

Concerts for the upcoming season are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13; Saturday, Dec. 3; and Sunday, May 7.

Jones is the director of choral and vocal activities at Shepherd. He is working on his doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Maryland at College Park, and received his master of music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. For the past 10 years, Jones has directed the Master Singers of Virginia, called "one of the state's finest choral ensembles" by the Washington Post in 2004.


The Masterworks Chorale is comprised of Shepherd University vocal students, as well as members from Jefferson County and the surrounding community.

To schedule an audition, contact Jones at 304-876-5371 or send e-mail to

Shepherd students to aid nonprofits

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Office of Student Community Services and Service Learning will sponsor the annual New Student Orientation Day of Service from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The theme for this year's day of service is "Digging for Gold in the Community."

Each group will work at one of 16 nonprofit agencies in Jefferson and Berkeley counties. Several sites are collaborative efforts with United Way of Jefferson County and United Way of Berkeley and Morgan counties in preparation for the Day of Caring in September.

While working, students will identify items to bring back to the university to be used in a reflection period where students will express through song, charades and verbal descriptions what jobs they performed during the day and the importance of the agency to the community at large.

The goal is to provide students with a positive beginning to their first year of college life and learn to be engaged in the community. Student volunteers will extend their effort to Thursday by welcoming and assisting other first-year students move into the residence halls.

A similar Day of Service will be held Saturday as part of the training and team building for Shepherd University resident assistants. Forty-seven students will work on the Appalachian Trail by carrying lumber to a site not accessible by vehicles and constructing a walkway through a damaged portion of the trail.

For more information, contact Holly Morgan Frye at 304-876-5402.

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