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Shenandoah University Marching Band, cheerleaders, Studio Big Band, representatives from Shenandoah University, and organizers of London's New Year's Day Parade pose for a group photo in the Wilkins Athletics & Events Center

Conservatory Students in SU Marching Band and Studio Big Band Invited to Perform in London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2025

The Shenandoah University Marching Band, which made its debut last fall, will perform on an international stage when it participates in London’s New Year’s Day Parade in 2025 alongside SU cheerleaders and the Shenandoah Conservatory Studio Big Band. Sixty-five percent of the marching band is composed of conservatory students, with 82 out of its 125 […]

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Conservatory Performs 2023/24 Season Announcement

Shenandoah Conservatory Announces 2023/24 Season

Shenandoah Conservatory announces its 2023/24 season of live music, theatre and dance. The Conservatory Performs season features dozens of opportunities to witness and experience the arts, including a rich variety of performances by students, faculty and internationally renowned guest artists. The season kicks off Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, with the Inside/Out: Arts Open House, which […]

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Alumni Successes

Daniel "D.K." Kelly '18 sitting in front of drum kit.

Kelly II ’18 Opens Drum Orpheum Rehearsal Hall for Local Artists

Instructional Assistant and Dance Accompanist (Percussion) Daniel “D.K.” Kelly II ’18 (Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies) recently opened the Drum Orpheum Rehearsal Hall as part of M.E. Opus, a music and entertainment company based in Winchester, Virginia. The facility is a place where musicians, singers, dancers, theatre ensembles and other artists can practice their […]

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Daniel "D.K." Kelly '18 sitting in front of drum kit.

Conservatory Alumnus Wins Drum Mastery Contest

When Daniel “D.K.” Kelly II ’18 began his studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, he arrived as a musician steeped in gospel and marching band traditions. But after four years in the jazz studies program, the drummer emerged as a musician who, just a year after graduation, has been selected as the grand prize winner in the […]

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