Conjoint Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education - Memorial University
Artist Diploma (Honours) - University of Toronto
Opera Diploma (Honours) - University of Toronto
Master of Music Voice and Pedagogy - Memorial University
Born and raised in St. John’s, Soprano Shelley Neville received a conjoint degree of Bachelor of Music in 1993 and Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University in 1994. Shelley then continued her education at the University of Toronto where she obtained an Artist Diploma (Honours) in 1996 then went on to complete an Opera Diploma (Honours) in 1999 where she received the Most Distinguished Graduate Award. In 2007, Shelley received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Memorial University where she is currently instructing voice part-time.
In 2007, Shelley attended the Center for Opera in Sulmona, Italy five-week inaugural training program where she performed the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2008, upon invitation of the Director, Neil Semer, Shelley participated in the international summer vocal academy in Aub, Germany.
Local oratorio and opera highlights include Beethoven’s Ninth, The Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, La Traviata and The Merry Widow with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Marc David.
In 1997, Shelley co-founded one of the province’s leading theatre companies, Spirit of Newfoundland Productions. In 2008, Shelley established her own performance company and has produced some of the province's most elegant musical shows: Big Italian Night, The Big Wigs and O Holy Night.
In 2010, Shelley was awarded the Emerging Leaders Award at the National Association of Teachers conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shelley is a sought after clinician and adjudicator and will be the vocal adjudicator at the upcoming Stephenville Rotary Music Festival in March.