Shannon Gravelle, a native of Rochester Minnesota, has recently been appointed the Director of Choral Activities at Meredith College. Ms. Gravelle comes to Meredith from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she served as the Interim Director of Choral Activities. At UNO, she conducted the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and University Chorus, as well as taught conducting courses. She has also taught at the University of Iowa and California State University Long Beach, and has experience teaching middle and high school.
Ms. Gravelle is currently a doctoral candidate at 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.
Her current research includes the choral works of Russian composer Sergei Taneyev, which is the focus of her dissertation. In July of 2015, she traveled to Moscow and spent a month researching in archives and interviewing scholars. Additional areas of interest include the women’s chorus music of Johannes Brahms, the life and works of Barbara Strozzi, conducting pedagogy, and music education advocacy. One of her passions includes instructing students on how to use the conducting gesture as an expression of music and as a tool for effective teaching.
Ms. Gravelle has been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for choirs in Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Illinois. She has served as a church music director, choral conductor, hand bell conductor, pianist, and vocal soloist. Her publications can be found in Notes and The Choral Journal. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, where she serves at 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. In addition to her conducting and scholarly activities, she is also 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.