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Live into Love. Love That Lifts Us Up.

Frostburg State University proudly presents Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard – a powerful masterwork that explores through music the importance of love and caring for one another.

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What is Considering Matthew Shepard?

In 1998, Shepard, an LGBTQ student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die. With inspirations from Bach to Broadway, the compelling message of this performance is still essential today and shows the significance of unity and recognizing those who feel marginalized.

The FSU Chamber Singers, in collaboration with the FSU Department of Theatre & Dance and community partners, will perform this limited engagement at FSU and St. Ignatius Catholic Community in Baltimore.

Three Shows, Two Locations


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May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
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May 7 at 3 p.m.

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Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center


“Listen to this music… and you’ll encounter the antithesis of despair and gloom. Yes, Considering Matthew Shepard conjures the horror of the crime, but through its synthesis of poetry, excerpts from Shepard’s journal and comments from his parents, the piece renders Shepard much more than just a victim: He’s a real-life, multidimensional person whose death led Johnson not only to lament what happened but to point toward a better path for humanity.” --The Chicago Tribune

“Matt Shepard and his story have led me on an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey that I continue to this day,” said Johnson. “In composing Considering Matthew Shepard, I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.”


Learn more about Matthew Shepard Support this and similar productions at FSU