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Shelby Trevor is a violinist specializing in the performance of classical music and various Folk genres, including Scottish and Cape Breton, as well as Klezmer and Jazz. ​Shelby performs for audiences and in venues throughout Northeast Florida and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member.


Performance Experience

   Shelby performs as principal 2nd violinist for the First Coast Opera Company, as concertmaster for Island Chamber Singers, and formerly as concertmaster of the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra, and performs as a solo and chamber artist in venues throughout FL, GA and New England. Shelby's appearances as a soloist and chamber artist include the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's performance series, Advice to the Players summer concert series, Story and Song performance series, guest soloist for the Lakes Region Symphony and soloist with the Suzuki School of Newton Artist Faculty orchestra. Shelby has performed private recitals for the President of the National Endowment of the Arts and for the New Hampshire Governor's Inauguration ceremony. Shelby has performed as a section violinist with orchestras throughout the northeast, including the WGBH (Boston) Studio Orchestra, the Cape Ann Symphony, Lowell Philharmonic and many others.

Education and Summer Festivals

   Shelby completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Longy School of Music.

His primary teacher and mentor was Laura Bossert. Shelby also studied with Charles Castleman, Janet Packer, Patricia McCarty, Valeria Kuchment, Terry King, Eric Rosenblith, and Rodger Ellsworth. 


   Shelby has performed in masterclasses for such artists as Joseph Silverstein, Simon Fischer, William Preucil, Joseph Kalichstein, and Zvi Zeitlin.

   Summer music festivals attended include Heifetz Int'l Music Institute, Interharmony Music Festival, Lyricafest, and the Quartet Program at SUNY Fredonia.

Composition & New Music Advocate

   As an active composer, Shelby has written and performed several works for classical genres such as piano quartet, string quartet, violin and piano duo, violin solo, piano solo, and a symphonic work. He has also composed various Folk melodies and arrangements. An advocate for New Music, he has also performed several new works for composition students and faculty at Longy School of Music, Composers in Red Sneakers, the Boston New Music Initiative, and for composers of the Rossini Club Performance Series.

Fiddling & Folk Music

   In youth, Shelby attended the New Hampshire Scottish School of the Arts where he studied Celtic and European Folk music with Kenny Butler and Barbara McGowen. He attended The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where he studied with National Scottish Fiddle Champion Bonnie Rideout. Shelby has won top prizes at fiddle competitions including the New Hampshire Highland Games Regional and National Competitions, the Old Time Fiddle Contest of Stark, NH, and the Concord Old Time Fiddle Contest. Shelby was also a founding member of the Granite String Band, a folk band performing mostly Celtic music.

Music Director &

String Educator Experience

   As a string music educator, Shelby holds the position of the director of the Amelia Island Community String Orchestra, the violin instructor for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival education program, instructor for violin classes through Arts Alive Nassau, and teaches private violin, viola, and cello lessons at his home studio. Shelby also acts as assistant conductor for the Jacksonville Symohony Youth Orchestras and leads sectionals for JSYO as well.

   Formerly, Shelby was Assistant Faculty at Wheaton College, leading sectionals, mentoring in the orchestra, and performing as concertmaster. He was a faculty member at Suzuki School of Newton, where he taught music theory.