Classical by Candlelight Set for Feb. 26, Shines Light on Homelessness
Boyd began playing the drums in church at age five.
At age eight, Boyd started taking piano lessons which led to his involvement with various church choirs and bands throughout his teenage years. He began his college days as a percussion major at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and soon after switched to a piano/vocal major.
Upon graduation from UMES, the musician took his first job teaching in the Worcester County School District.
A few decades later, Boyd is an avid service member in the community and continues to work in the Worcester County School District as an administrator.
Classical by Candlelight is designed to benefit local homelessness and bring the community together through the shared love of music.
The event will feature several musicians, including Stephen Boyd, Pianist, Dr. Isrea Butler, Trombonist, Dr. Shelia Harleston, Pianist, Dr. Lee Knier, Trombonist, Ms. Christine Middlecamp, vocalist, Mr. Phillip Ravita, Bassist and Mr. Pat Shaner, Trumpet.
Boyd says the audience can also expect a very special guest appearance from Jean Luc Princivil.
Jean Luc Princivil is a violinist and comes to the group from Dove Pointe.
“He recently suffered a stroke but the stroke didn’t effect any of his musical abilities,” Boyd said, in amazement.
Throughout his life, Boyd has volunteered with homeless and Christian shelters in the area.
“I wanted to use my talent to give back to a cause that is affecting homes everyday, ‘I thought what else can I do to help in a different way,'” Boyd said. “I do a lot of gospel events and I wanted to do something a little different that would invite people from all backgrounds and ethnicity.”
Boyd says his parents planted the seed of volunteerism at a very young age.
“My parents took in families as I was growing up, we would play around, mom would help the girls, dad would help boys,” Boyd said. “We have been helping needy families all of our lives…helping families that couldn’t help themselves.”
The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Those attending the show from a local shelter, get in free. Boyd hopes to see the venue fill up, with about 200 audience members.
Mayor Jake Day will be along side Boyd as he gives the opening words. Upon arrival, guests will be given a candle.
“The candle is metaphorical—you’re a light in the darkness to homelessness,” Boyd said.
To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets in advance, visit https://classicalbycandlelight.eventbrite.com.