This year’s Masterworks Chorale concert is sure to be a performance unlike any other. The largest vocal ensemble at Shepherd Univserity, the Masterworks Chorale is a chorus comprised of both students and community members who perform a different vocal masterwork by a famous composer every semester.
“As a returning member, I was thrilled to be chosen as a soloist for this semester,” said Jordan Bushong-Taylor, the mezzo-soprano soloist and junior vocal performance major.
This year’s concert will feature Haydn’s “Mass in D Minor” also known as the “Lord Nelson Mass,” directed by Dr. Erik Jones, as well as a selection of coronation anthems by Handel, directed by guest conductor Greg Shook who is also an adjunct music professor at Shepherd.
Because the mass primarily features the soprano soloist, senior soloist Jessica Adkins describes her preparation for this performance as a challenging one, having to master a variety of vocal runs. “Haydn definitely did not go easy on the soprano soloist!” said Adkins.
Masterworks Chorale will perform two shows, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown and Sunday, Nov. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frank Center Theatre at Shepherd University. Tickets are $10 for students with a valid Rambler ID, $18 for seniors and Shepherd University staff and $20 for adults. Sponsored by Shepherd University’s Friends of Music, all proceeds will go towards the program which grants scholarships and other financial aid to music majors.
To find out more information about the Masterworks Chorale and other events happening within the music department, visit their website at www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.