Biography

Violinist Shelby John Trevor is a performing artist/teacher/composer/director looking past genres and encouraging self-discovery through art, sound, and expression.


​Shelby Trevor enjoys a diverse career as a musician and educator. As a culmination of his work as an educator and a performer, Shelby founded the Amelia Island Community String Orchestra in 2015. The group consists of advanced students, both young and amateur adults, as well as professional players. The AICSO performs seasonally. Mr. Trevor's role integrates leadership and performance skills as he directs the orchestra, leading rehearsals, but from the chair of the concertmaster. The orchestra does not perform, nor rehearse with an active conductor. There is an emphasis on learning to coordinate by listening, watching and depending on fellow group members, (as professional orchestral and ensemble musicians do) in the true spirit of chamber music. Shelby also frequently performs with AICSO as soloist.

In other roles as an educator, Shelby is the violin instructor for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s String Education Program, as well as Arts Alive Nassau's after school education program. Both provide free after school music classes in Nassau County. Shelby has a private studio which he schedules students and chamber ensembles for weekly sessions.

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.

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 (NH), and the Embry-Riddle University Concert Series (FL), and at the Heifetz International Music Institute. In his youth, he was a featured soloist for the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra when he was fifteen years old, and at age thirteen, he performed a private recital for the President of the National Endowment for the Arts hosted by the Concord Community Music School.

As an orchestral artist, Shelby performs with the First Coast Opera company in St. Augustine, FL, as solo violin, principle 2nd, and section violin. Shelby performs 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 a chamber musician, Shelby has 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.

Composition

As an active composer, Shelby's most recent project is a partita for solo violin written in March 2020. 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.

Folk Music

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.