Shannen, a classical artist and musician, holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music. She provides musical and theatrical instruction for students from beginner to the conservatory level. Throughout her work, Shannen seeks to share with her students the excitement and joy of making music. Her experience includes musical theatre, opera, jazz, rock, and more. She works with her students to equip them with versatility in vocal styles and a colorful repertoire. As a child, Shannen had the privilege of performing with NETworks Productions on the international tour of “The Sound of Music” starring Marie Osmond, which taught her professionalism and responsibility at a young age. She also toured nationally with Chamber Theatre Productions where she performed classic works of literature adapted for the stage for school groups. Her performance endeavors have instilled in her a deep passion and love of the performing arts, which she hopes to pass on to her students.
My favorite part of directing theater for middle school and upper school is witnessing the special bonds that form between members of the cast throughout the rehearsal process. While the final product of a show is exhilarating and exciting, the memories that remain with me are those of bittersweet tears that are shed by the cast and crew after the curtain falls on closing night after a performance.
At Walker’s, there is a plethora of opportunities for students to explore in multiple subjects and disciplines. Push yourself to step out of your comfort zone by trying as many new things as you can, which will yield new discoveries about your own capabilities, interests, talents, and passions. As teachers, we truly want to see each student succeed by finding their own path of personal growth, so don’t ever be afraid to take a leap of faith — you will find that you’re surrounded with the support and encouragement you need to reach your goals.
As much as I love teaching and directing theater, I also love singing and performing locally with friends. I absolutely love classic rock (hence why I supervise our Rock Band on campus, called Sundial Sound), so performing with a live band comprised of musicians who I respect and trust is an experience like no other. Often, I’ll schedule performance gigs at the end of an especially busy week so I can channel any stress and adrenaline into my singing. I also enjoy combining music and comedy into whacky parody videos, as well as writing and reading.