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Biography

Shelby John Trevor is a performing artist, teacher, composer, music director, and sound healer seeking unity through art, sound, truth, community, learning, mind, body, and spirit.

Shelby Trevor enjoys a diverse career as a classical violinist, educator, composer, folk musician, and sound healer; committed to promoting a love of music and a love of life to all members of our global community.

Shelby grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and began studying the violin at the Concord Community Music School, where he studied classical violin, folk music, and chamber music since age six. In 2009, Shelby received his Undergraduate Diploma in Violin Performance and continued in the Graduate Performance Diploma program at the Longy School of Music. Shelby performed and instructed in the Boston area until 2014. Shelby moved to Fernandina Beach, FL in 2014 and continued his career as a performer and instructor of music. Shelby utilizes the Alexander Technique in performance practice and it is imbued into his education of string instrument instruction and sound healing. Shelby obtained a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from Lesley University online in 2021, graduating Summa cum Laude (GPA of 4.0). Shelby also has a certificate from Sound Healing Academy. Shelby derives meaning in his life from the integration of the above cited disciplines of study, as well as from self-study of law, spirituality, health and physical wellness, financial literacy, economics, sociology and social psychology, religion, etymology, meditation, and more.

Founder of Amelia Island Community String Orchestra (2015-2020)

Starting as a gathering of enthusiastic string players of varying skill levels and age in 2015 called Amelia Island String Ensemble, Shelby led what became the Amelia Island Community String Orchestra in 2019. The group consisted of advanced students, both young and amateur adults, as well as professional players. The AICSO performed 3-4 seasonal concerts per year. Mr. Trevor's role integrated leadership and performance skills as he directed the orchestra from the chair of the concertmaster. The mission of AICSO emphasized learning to coordinate by listening, watching and building trust and self-confidence amongst fellow group members, in the true spirit of chamber music. Shelby frequently performed with AICSO as soloist.

As a Soloist

In addition to appearances with AICSO, Mr. Trevor performed the role of Solo Violin I for J. S. Bach’s 'Double Violin Concerto' featured with the Suzuki School of Newton’s Faculty Orchestra. Shelby has presented masterclass performances for notable artists such as Joseph Silverstein, and Simon Fischer. He has appeared in the Advice to the Players Concert Series, and the Embry-Riddle University Concert Series, Story and Song Concerts, at the Heifetz International Music Institute, Quartet Program, and several others. In his youth, he was a featured soloist for the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra when he was seventeen years old, and at age fifteen, he performed a private recital for the President of the National Endowment for the Arts hosted by the Concord Community Music School.

As an Educator

Shelby continues the rich and meaningful tradition of string pedagogy and honors the teachers who came before him, which include Laura Bossert, Terry King, Paula Majerfeld, Janet Packer, Rodger Ellsworth, Nancy Ellsworth, Judy Seaton, Kenny Butler, Charles Castleman, Eric Rosenblith, Brian Moll, Zvi Zeitlin, Allyson Dawkins, Jane Cromwell, Paul Brust, Judith Ross, Peter Aldins, and more.

Shelby has maintained a private studio of students since 2010. Compelled by the belief that music and arts education should be universally available, Shelby works to provide free, merit-based and/or need-based subsidized education both in his role as an educator and as program developer with the following programs: Shelby Trevor Violin Studio student enrollment scholarships; the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s String Education Program in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County; Arts Alive Nassau's after school education program; string classes for Mission Hill Pilot School; Amelia Island Community String Orchestra Scholarship program; and Sound Healing Ministry's outreach and educational services which provides free mental health training, spiritual health training, self-care, and practices of healing through sound via workshops and group classes. Shelby served on the faculty for Wheaton College, Suzuki School of Newton, and Norfolk School of Music. Mr. Trevor acted as substitute conductor and sectional coach for Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. One of the missions of AICSO was education for both group members and for the community.

As a Chamber Musician

Shelby was a founding member and violinist of the Subtropical String Trio, performing in Fernandina Beach and the greater Jacksonville, FL area. He attended and performed at Charles Castleman's 'Quartet Program' Summer Music Festival, LyricaFest Music Festival, and InterHarmony Music Festival. Shelby played first violin in the Scholarship String Quartet during his junior and senior years of Highschool at the Concord Community Music School. In this role with the SSQ, Shelby performed for the NH Governor’s inauguration ceremony, and as featured guest youth artists for the NH Symphony.

As an Orchestral Artist

Founder and concertmaster of AICSO. Shelby performed with the First Coast Opera company in St. Augustine, FL, as solo violin, principle 2nd, and section violin. Shelby performed frequently as concertmaster with the Island Chamber Singers (FL). Shelby performed as concertmaster, as well as led orchestral sectionals as assistant faculty for the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra of Wheaton College. He has recorded as a studio orchestra member for WGBH, public radio, Boston. Shelby has performed as section 1st and 2nd violin with the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and many others.

As an Active Composer

Shelby's most recent project involves a hybrid process of improvisation and electronic compositions in collaboration with Berklee College of Music's Staff Artist, Daniel Padgett. Padgett and Trevor form the group Cosmic Collection Service. 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.

As a Folk Artist

Shelby was a founding member of the Granite String Band, a folk band performing mostly Celtic music. Shelby has studied fiddling and folk music with Bonnie Rideout, David Surette, Barbara McGowen, Kenny Butler, and others. In his youth, Shelby studied folk music at the New Hampshire Scottish School of the Arts. He attended masterclasses, sessions  and lessons at festivals such as the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC, Kenny's Fiddle Camp, Greensboro, VT, The New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival and others. Shelby has won prizes at fiddle competitions including the New Hampshire Highland Games Regional and National, Old Time Fiddle Contest of Stark, NH, and the Concord Old Time Fiddle Contest.

As a Sound Healer

Please see the Sound Healing Ministry page.

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