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New singing group performs at P'burg college

PRESTONSBURG — The Jim Shepherd Singers, a newly formed group of 35 vocalists, gave the Eastern Kentucky music community a well-received choral concert on July 27 in the Pike Auditorium of Prestonsburg Community College.

Organizing, rehearsing and directing the group through the performance was Jimmy Daryl Shepherd’s “culminating experience” to complete his master’s degree in music performance in choral conducting from Morehead State University.

Shepherd, a graduate of Prestonsburg High School, also holds a bachelor’s degree from MSU. He invited two MSU music faculty members and other talented musicians to participate in an intensive weekend of rehearsals leading to the concert. About half of the singers are from Eastern Kentucky. Most of the 35 either teach music or are college music majors.

The group rehearsed at Prestonsburg’s First United Methodist Church on Friday and at PCC on Saturday. A 6 p.m. dress rehearsal capped Saturday’s activities.

The 2:30 p.m. Sunday concert was enthusiastically applauded by an audience of about 75. The program followed the MSU Music Department’s expected format by presenting selections in generally chronological order. Baroque and classical pieces were followed by 20th-century arrangements, including several religious numbers.

Shepherd taught for the past two years at Aurora High School in Indiana. He recently accepted a position in the five-person music department of Warren Central High School, near Indianapolis. His model for his singers, whom he hopes to gather again for a future concert in Prestonsburg, was an instrumental group in Hazard.

For more information about the singers, selections or composers, contact Doug Herman at PCC at 606-886-3863, ext. 6252, or Rebecca Haywood at 606-886-2508.

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