Dr. Shannon Gravelle, Director of Choral Activities and Music Education Coordinator at Meredith College, conducts the Meredith Chorale, the Meredith Chorus, Encore!, and teaches conducting and methods courses. Her research includes the choral works of Russian composer Sergei Taneyev, conducting pedagogy, lesser performed choral works of Johannes Brahms, the life and works of lesser-known female composers, and music education advocacy. Of particular interest is how musicians interact with the space and people around them when they conduct and when they sing.
Dr. Gravelle has been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for choirs in North Carolina, Maryland, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Illinois. She has presented at ACDA and NAfME conferences, and her publications can be found in Notes, Carolina Caroler, and The Choral Journal. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and serves on the North Carolina ACDA board. Dr. Gravelle previously served as the North Central ACDA Google Hangout Coordinator. She is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. She maintains teaching licensure in Minnesota and North Carolina. In addition to conducting and scholarly activities, she enjoys singing, playing piano and guitar, identifying ways to collaborate with other musicians, running, and going to baseball games.
Her conducting mentors include Timothy Stalter, Jonathan Talberg, Tim Peter, Sandra Peter, and Weston Noble. Dr. Gravelle received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She holds a Master of Music from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University - Long Beach and an undergraduate degree from Luther College, where her areas of study were music, music education, and religion.