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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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Austin Dettor

Dettor ’24 Awarded $5,000 Strong Scholarship

Austin Dettor ’24 (Bachelor of Music in Music Education) was awarded a $5,000 scholarship award from the Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) to defray costs during student teaching in the fall semester. Dettor is a student teacher at Lightridge High School and Willard Middle School in Loudoun County, Virginia. This is the 12th year the […]

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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

Eight Music Education Alumni

Eight Music Education Alumni Land Jobs or Begin Graduate School This Fall

Eight undergraduate music education alumni have landed jobs in local schools or are beginning graduate studies this fall: Zach Freshwater ’23 – Caroline High School (Caroline County, Virginia) Zach Gnall ’23 – University of Denver (Master of Music in oboe performance) Sarah Gorman ’23 – Robert E. Aylor Middle School (Frederick County, Virginia) Bailey Kinsella […]

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Don Krudop, Margaret Gonzalez and Thomas Sweitzer

Three Conservatory Alumni Honored as 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Three Shenandoah Conservatory alumni were selected as 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients: Lifetime Achievement Award: Don Krudop ’75, ’92, ’03 (Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music in Conducting, Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education) Service to the Community: Margaret Gonzalez ’12 (Bachelor of Music in Performance) Hornet Hero Award: Thomas Sweitzer ’95, ’11 […]

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Garrett Brown

Brown ’17 Wins 2nd Bassoon Position with West Point Band

Bassoonist Garrett Brown ’17 (Bachelor of Music in Music Education) won an audition for the 2nd bassoon position with the West Point Band for the United States Army in March 2023. Before accepting this position, Brown was a bassoonist with the United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. […]

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