Violinist Shelby John Trevor is a performing artist/teacher/composer/director looking past genres and encouraging self awareness through art.
Current Projects and Providing Education
Shelby founded the Amelia Island Community String Orchestra in 2015 where he continues to present seasonal free public performances while directing the orchestra as educator, concertmaster and soloist.
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.
Shelby has performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the First Coast of Florida and Georgia regions, as well as areas of New England. Shelby has performed in venues such as Advice to the Players concert series (NH), Story & Song (FL), Palace Theater (NH), Embry-Riddle concert series (FL), Longy School of Music (MA), Cloister Hotel (GA), and many others. In his youth, Shelby performed a private recital for the President of the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a featured soloist for the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. Shelby played first violin during his junior and senior years of at the Concord Community Music School performing when the NH Governor’s inauguration ceremony, and as guests with the NH Symphony.
He has performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto as soloist (Violin I) with the Suzuki School of Newton’s Faculty Orchestra, has appeared as concertmaster with the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra of Wheaton College, performed for the Visit Florida broadcast as a representative of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, has played as a studio orchestra member for public radio WGBH, Boston. 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. In the past, Shelby has performed as section violin with the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra for. He is currently in demand as a freelancing violinist throughout Northeast Florida and Southern Georgia areas.
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.
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.