Shelley Mitchell

Shelley M.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Each Lesson will consist of a check-in on your goals in relation to acting. Feel free to bring in scenes, or monologues you are wanting to work, or we can look for other material as well. Work highly focuses on character circumstances, and developing a journey.

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Shelley delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:

I'm a professional singer/teacher residing in New York City with degrees from Indiana State University, and New York University with a specialization in Classical Art Song, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy.

Every lesson is about YOU. So each week we will take a look at your goals for the lesson, whether you are preparing for college auditions, school talents shows, a desire to work with music theory, or piano skills, this is your opportunity to explore. Everything is possible.

As a professional singer myself, I am constantly auditioning on broadway, off-broadway, and for smaller local and regional theater opportunities. I believe that as a teacher I have to continue to be in the field and learning as the industry continues to change. I have to be aware of the opportunities in this business. I have been hired by professional opera and musical theatre companies, in additional to large choral works as a soloist, and have a private studio in Washington Heights.

Prior to NYC I taught middle school choir for 200+ students, of which I received teacher of the year in 2012. I also still hold a valid teaching license in the state of Indiana and currently applying toward my NYS teaching certification.

Within my voice studio I teach in person and online lessons. While online lessons can be beneficial for students wishing to study with me that are not in the immediate vicinity, I recommend in person lessons

I look forward to hearing your beautiful voice and helping you to embrace music!

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Aug 2019 - Present
Hudson Guild Theater

New York Premier of "GATSBY: A New Musical" written by Danielle Moore & Jacob Ryan Smith; based on the infamous novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Director: Danielle Moore
Musical Director: Sara Linger
Stage Manager: Joseph Heike

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Mentor/Voice Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

Teaching Private Voice Lessons within New York Public Schools.

East Williamsburg Scholars Academy (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020)
Brooklyn Tech ( Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Artistic Director of NYCC Youth Ensemble
Apr 2018 - Present
New York City Youth Chamber Choir

Private Voice Teacher 2018-2019
Artistic Director of NYCC Youth 2019- Present

Soprano Soloist - BRAHMS REQUIEM
Apr 2019 - May 2019
New York Chamber Choir

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

Director: Alistair Hamilton

Cabaret Singer
Sep 2018 - Sep 2018
The Benanti Group

Opera in Blue Jeans Cabaret
Venue: The Duplex

Narrator (Mirror of Truth)
May 2018 - Jun 2018
Dixon Place Performing Arts Theatre

Devised theatre production of a young girls journey to discover what's inside of her.

Soprano Soloist- Handel's DIXIT DOMINUS
Mar 2018 - May 2018
New York Chamber Choir

Director: Alistair Hamilton

Adjunct Voice Faculty
Sep 2016 - May 2017
New York University

Provided quality instruction and learning experiences in vocal development to non- majors at New York University.

Teaching responsibilities included providing lessons to students of various skill levels, demonstrating appropriate techniques through vocal warm-ups, selecting appropriate repertoire and continuously adapting methods to facilitate healthy vocal growth.
Developed a variety of assignments that required academic and vocal requirements to become entwined in achievement of a grade. Academic projects ranged from transcriptions to research assignments with multiple due dates throughout the weeks to ensure continued understanding in vocal development throughout the semester.

Required all students to be knowledgeable of basic music theory, and historical references of repertoire. In addition to extensive analysis of character circumstances.

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Adriana ( The Boys from Syracuse )
Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
New York University Steinhardt

Professional production of Rogers & Hart's "The Boys from Syracuse" based on William Shakespeares comedy of errors.
Director: Meg Bussert
Musical Director: Grant Wenaus
Provincetown Playhouse

Clare ( The Secret Garden )
Aug 2016 - Sep 2016
New York University Steinhardt

Professional Production of "The Secret Garden"
Director: M.K Lawson
Musical Director: Stan Tucker
Frederick Loewe Theatre

Pit Singer ( COMPANY )
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
Tisch New Theatre

Professional production of Sondheims "COMPANY" by Tisch New Theatre.

Choral Director
Aug 2012 - May 2015
Washington Township School Corp.

Fiordispina ( L'impresario in Angustie)
May 2014 - Aug 2014
La Musica Lirica

Professional production of "L'impresario in Angustie" by Domenic Cimarosa. Performed in Novefeltria, Italy.
Director: Bill Florescu ( Florentine Opera Co.)
Musical Director: Jeffrey Price

Vixen/Opera Chorus (The ThreePenny Opera)
Sep 2013 - Nov 2013
Indianapolis Opera Co.

2013-2014 Season

Director: Bill Fabri
Chorus Master: John Schmid
Artistic Director/Conductor: James Caraher

Spinning Chorus (The Flying Dutchman)
Mar 2013 - May 2013
Indianapolis Opera Co.

2012 - 2013 Season

Director: Joachim Schamberger
Chorus Master: John Schmid
Artistic Director/Conductor: James Caraher


Scene Study/Improvisation
May 2017 - Jan 2018
Deena Levy Theatre Studio
Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy
Aug 2016 - May 2017
New York University
Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017
New York University
Emerging Artist Program
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
OperaWorks 2015
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2006 - May 2012
Indiana State University
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2006 - Dec 2011
Indiana State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
French (Diction-International Phonetic Alphabet)
Professional Proficiency
German (Diction-International Phonetic Alphabet)
Professional Proficiency
Italian (Diction-International Phonetic Alphabet)
Professional Proficiency


Dignity for All Students Act- Certification
Jan 2018
Mercy College

Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED Certified-Exp. 09/2018
Sep 2016
American Red Cross

Professional Educator’s License, K-12 Vocal & General Music- Exp.12/2021
Nov 2012
Department of Education, State of Indiana

2002 Rules


May 2013
Washington Township School Corp.
Paul W. Hagan Concerto Competition
Nov 2011
Indiana State University School of Music


Phi Kappa Lambda
Jan 2010

The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields.

The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2009

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Indianapolis Opera Co. 
Production: The Flying Dutchman
Spinning Chorus

Master's Recital May 2017 New York University

Glinda ( Wicked )
New York University Black Box Theatre Production

L'impresario in Angustie by Cimarosa
La Musica Lirica 2014

The Secret of Happiness ( Daddy Long Legs)
May 19th Performance of HANDEL'S ORATORIO- Dixit Dominus
St. Ignatius of Antioch
87th St. & West End Avenue
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18 Reviews

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Riana Apr 17, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Ms. Shelley is very dedicated to every one of her students. It is a pleasure working with her!

Samantha Mar 4, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Shelley is by far the best voice teacher I have ever had. Within the short duration of time that I have worked with her, I have noticed that my voice has significantly changed (it feels and sounds better) after using her techniques. She knows what she’s talking about and offers substantial and specific criticism. She individualizes every student, in that she chooses repertoire that benefits a particular voice instead of assuming that every student has the same voice and strengths/weaknesses. This is a very important skill for a voice teacher to have. Shelley is also very good at time management within a lesson. Most importantly, she makes the experience fun! I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone who is looking for a voice teacher! Thank you Shelley!

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Hannah Feb 10, 2019
Singing · In studio

Shelley is amazing! All my old teachers always told me to breathe to release the tension in my voice, but Shelley taught me vocal warmups to ease the strain. I now can sing better and connect to lyrics.

Kai Dec 31, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

Throughout my time training with Shelley, I’ve constantly been able to see the progression of my voice after each lesson. I could constantly see the improvements in my tone quality and without her instruction, I would be nowhere near the level I am currently.

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Antoine! Dec 30, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

When it come to vocal training, sight singing, music theory, vocal coaching... Shelley is the! I would certainly recommend her to anyone who is seeking private lessons. It is such a joy to teach alongside her and watch her work!

Maddie Nov 13, 2018
Singing · In studio

Shelley is a wonderful voice teacher. She made me feel very comfortable from our first lesson, which I really appreciated as a beginner. The lessons are always fun as well as challenging. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve their singing voice.

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Vanessa Oct 16, 2018
Singing · In studio

Shelley is an amazing teacher! From the beginning she took the time to hear out my concerns, and then made sure to explain the exercises to me, and how they helped. If she noticed I was having trouble with an exercise, she would modify it, or try something different that would help in a similar way. She also was quick to notice when I was holding back, and would push me to try my very best. Because of her my voice improved in ways I thought it never would, and my confidence did as well! I look forward to the day I can continue my lessons with her!

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Sarah Oct 11, 2018
Singing · Online

My daughter appreciates the specific pointers Shelley gives and so far has enjoyed every lesson

Ian Aug 16, 2018
Musical Theater · In studio

Wonderful teacher with so much knowledge. She was able to help me find material, helped me work towards an audition and develop my voice. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!

Feng J. Aug 12, 2018
Singing · In studio

A very fun teacher who is capable of making lesson less awkward and more engaging. You could definitely learn a lot in a short period of time. 120% recommended

Juan Aug 8, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great teacher!

Anna Apr 14, 2018
Musical Theater ·

I was fortunate to work closely with Shelley at NYU for several years. She is not only an exceptional singer when it comes to technique, versatility and musicality but she has a true understanding of how the voice works and an ability to communicate clearly when it comes the abstract and complex concepts that are involved in singing. Shelley is also an excellent musician and a dedicated and fun performer and teacher who brings joy to all of the work that she does. She is operating at a level far above most singers and voice teachers in NYC and yet she is down to earth and will find a way to relate to any student. Anyone thinking of studying with Shelley should jump at the chance!

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JD Apr 2, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

I met Shelley when I employed her at NYU and must first comment on her professionalism, poise, and understanding. She is adaptable to everyone she meets and always finds ways to bring out the best in people.
I then worked with Shelley for pre-performance of my one-man show. She was dedicated in assisting me with techniques on how to sustain my voice, projection, and also emotional depth through tone.
I couldn't recommend her knowledge and skills enough. You'd be lucky to have her on your side and in your corner.

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Angeline Apr 1, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Every lesson with Shelley was a blast! Her techniques are effective, and her teaching style personally caters to each student. In the semester I took with her, not only did I discover a completely different vocal style, but I was able to nurture that new voice under Shelley's instruction. Her kind and nurturing personality only helps in the process!

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Austin Mar 31, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Shelley is a phenomenal vocal coach and really expanded my vocal abilities. Her lessons were customized to help me grow as a vocal student. My vocal strength, pitch, and overall sound were greatly improved during my lessons with Shelley. She is extremely professional and goes out of her way to make sure her students are accomplishing their goals. Her suggested exercises helped build-up my voice. Additionally, her teaching methods and personality not only made me a better vocalist, but boosted my confidence in singing as well. If you are looking for a vocal coach, Shelley is the one to go to. Her teaching methods, professionalism, and kindness make her the best coach. I really enjoyed my time working with Shelley!

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Emma Mar 31, 2018
Broadway Singing · In studio

In the 3 short months that I spent with Shelley, she really helped me unlock my voice in a way that I never have before. She gave me both the technique and the confidence to keep growing. I was lucky to have her!

Julie Mar 31, 2018
Singing · In studio

As a student in NYU, Shelley was my third or fourth musical instructor. In general, what I have seen is that musical instructors have a great talent and knowledge in their given field, but I found that their knowledge wasn't clearly disseminated to me. However, specifically in terms of voice lessons, Shelley was able to tailor the lessons to who I was as a person. She combined her knowledge with my interests to help me learn how to best use my voice. For example, I love ASL and have foundational knowledge in the language. At the beginning of most lessons, Shelley and I would check in with each other and would make sure we are both doing ok (that the stresses of the week didn't bring us down). This is how Shelley began to learn of my interest in ASL, and used it in our lessons. ASL is a beautifully emotional language that requires you to paint a picture. And when I sang, Shelley told me I needed more emotion; I needed to paint the picture. So she told me to sign the song in ASL. This is just a long winded way of saying Shelley will learn your voice/personality, and she will use all her techniques to make you the best you! I miss my lessons with her because they were therapeutic for me. Today, I have a better understanding of my voice and it capabilities. #MoreAir #CreateSpace #SingOut #BECONFIDENT #Music=Therapy

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Vishal Mar 31, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Shelley was a phenomenal vocal training teacher. She has a sound knowledge of music, and it really translated over the 3-4 months of training I had with her. From employing a variety of drills to train different aspects of my voice, to coaching me through ways to expand my range and get comfortable in my own vibe and style, she stands out amongst the crop of musical professionals today.

Shelley was always very professional, respectful of my time, aware of my inhibitions, and just an overal caring person. I highly recommend her to all future potential students.

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