The Music School at Shepherd University makes a point to be a highly personalized experience for its students. In contrast to many programs at larger institutions, Shepherd is focused on undergraduates and emphasizes the opportunities for its students to study directly with faculty. Unfortunately, the very adjectives that one would use to describe music programs in general and Shepherd’s program specifically — intimate, group, performance, together — also describe the activities the health department advises against during the pandemic health crisis.
Sophie Scudieri was a toddler when her parents would find her prancing around the house with guitar in hand, singing about giraffes and learning the frustration of the occasional broken string. About 12 years later, Sophie is composing, playing, and singing with her father, Scooter, in their band Flowers and Birds.