Shelley Thomas

 Shelley Thomas, Vocal Teacher

Shelley Thomas, Vocal Teacher

Vocal Teacher

Shelley is a professional vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and composer specializing in Balkan and Mediterranean music. As the Vocal Teacher at MUSE Academy she works to instill a joy for singing and dramatic expression in every child, while exposing our students to a wide range of musical traditions and idioms from around the world.

She sings in over ten languages with disarming fluidity, authenticity and emotion. She has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured internationally with world-class artists including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad, The Knights, Kronos Quartet, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, the New York Arabic Orchestra, and Brooklyn Raga Massive and many others. She has performed at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Moscow Conservatory, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, St. Ann’s Warehouse, BRIC, Le Poisson Rouge, Alwan for the Arts, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Toronto’s Small World Music Center, Havana World Music Festival, NY Sephardic Music Festival, Prototype Festival, Fete de la Musique Beirut, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Abu Dhabi Festival at Emirates Palace.

She was recently featured on Yo-Yo Ma and Silkroad’s GRAMMY-winning album, Sing Me Home, with vocal trio Black Sea Hotel (Best World Music Album, 2017).

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, she has also been a recipient of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Traditional Arts Development Grant.