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Shelbie Rassler

Shelbie Rassler

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Shelbie Rassler rose to global recognition for her compositions and viral social impact music videos, most notably of which is the Emmy-nominated “Seasons of Love/Let the Sunshine In” Broadway Performance at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. Following her viral production of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now”, Shelbie was awarded a CBS Sunday Morning Sunny Award, and the video was featured with a discussion between Shelbie and Mr. Bacharach on CNN’s “The Fourth in America” Primetime Special. Shelbie has since been interviewed on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Forbes, NPR, and dozens of other media outlets. She then produced a string of virtual performances, many of which were fundraisers for organizations such as the NAACP, Americans for the Arts, several Covid Relief Funds and Stacey Abrams’ “Rock the Runoff Concert,” which resulted in a $1.2 million donation and featured artists such as Justin Timberlake and John Legend. These experiences helped shape the artist Shelbie is today and solidified her purpose in life; to facilitate and create art that has the power to convey meaningful messages and themes, and while doing so, the potential to help others along the way, making an impact emotionally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.

    Shelbie has recently written new works, arrangements and orchestrations for notable performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Lara Downes, members of the United Nations Chamber Music Society, as well as several SONY Records and RCA Records artists. Her production of “Georgia On My Mind,” featuring countless Tony Award-Winning Broadway performers, is actively distributed by Broadway Records and has landed on the Billboard charts. Shelbie has had premieres at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Second Sunday Series and Feinstein’s 54 Below. Shelbie has received commissions from all over the world, including Decoda (Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble-in-Residence), the New World Symphony Orchestra, America’s Orchestral Academy, and the Broward Health Foundation.

    Shelbie was named Truthspaper’s “Young Woman of the Year”, alongside notable figures such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Greta Thunberg. She has been nominated for an American Academy of Arts and Letters Composer Award and recently won the Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble Call for Scores. As a film composer, Shelbie has worked on the music production team of several Netflix shows and has written the score for a Lexus commercial and documentary, various HBO Max ads, several theme songs and jingles for renown social media influencers, and many short films, including "Titan", which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and is a CMF Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.

    As a motivational speaker, Shelbie served as one of the 19 Featured Speakers at the 2021 Imagine Solutions Conference, alongside individuals such as Robert Langer (co-founder of Moderna) and Cecilia Conrad (CEO of Lever for Change) and has spoken at countless conferences and on dozens of panels. As an active Teaching Artist, she has given masterclasses and held residencies at various institutions, including The Juilliard School, Emerson College, University of Colorado, University of Kansas, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music. Shelbie recently graduated from The Juilliard School, receiving a Master's in Music Composition and studying with Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano. She is greatly looking forward to launching her music production company, Jenkins & Rassler, as well as being pianoSonoma’s 2022 Composer-in-Residence and the Vail Dance Festival’s 2022 Music Associate!

    Professional Experience

    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • TV/Film

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Boston/New England

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
    • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
    • Music Assistant
    • Songwriter
    • Singer/Songwriter
    • Orchestrator
    • Vocal Arranger
    • Dance Arranger
    • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
    • Music Copyist
    • Music Transcriber
    • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
    • Pit Musician (Other)
    • Music Contractor/Coordinator
    • Keyboard Programmer
    • Sound Designer/Composer
    • Music Producer/Record Producer
    • Recording Studio Engineer
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    My Primary Instrument

    • Saxophone/Drums

    My Instruments

    • Clarinet
    • Drums
    • Flute
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Saxophone
    • Synth - keyboards

    Software

    • Finale
    • Logic
    • MainStage
    • Pro-Tools
    • Sibelius
    • QLab

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Home Studio Whiz

    Affiliations

    • ASCAP
    • BMI