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Shelbie Rassler

Shelbie Rassler

Biography

Shelbie Rassler is a composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist, currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Composition at The Juilliard School, studying with Mr. John Corigliano. Shelbie recently produced a viral cover of her arrangement and orchestration of Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now” which has been featured alongside interviews with Shelbie on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Forbes Magazine, NPR, The New York Times, and many others. Shelbie was presented with a CBS Sunday Morning Sunny Award for this initiative, and the video was featured with a discussion between Shelbie and Mr. Bacharach on CNN’s “The Fourth in America” Primetime Special; in addition, she received a personal phone call and letter from President Joe Biden for this initiative. A few months later, Shelbie served as a Mix Engineer and Audio Editor for the Broadway Performance of “Seasons of Love/Let the Sunshine In” at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. Following this performance, Shelbie’s original piece “Light and Love”, commissioned by the Broward Health Foundation, premiered at the Tribute to Healthcare Heroes event, raising $225,000 towards the Covid Relief Fund.

Shelbie has served as a Composer-in-Residence at the University of Kansas, and prior to the pandemic, was offered a Composer-in-Residence position at PianoSonoma, founded by Michael and Jessica Shinn. Aside from the dozens of television premieres, Shelbie’s compositions have been premiered live by The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the Winston Salem Youth Orchestra, The Underground Choir, various performers at The Juilliard School, and countless chamber groups across the country.

Shelbie is a social activist and has collaborated on several music video projects regarding the 2020 Election, writing new works and orchestrations for notable performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Collins, Anthony McGill, Lara Downes, Charles Yang, and many others, as well as an original piece, “Election Day”, commissioned by the Female Quotient for their YOU(th) Vote series. In addition, Shelbie currently works with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley on their hit show, “Stars in the House”, collaborating with Broadway stars and raising over $700,000 for The Actors’ Fund since the start of the pandemic. Working as an arranger and orchestrator, Shelbie’s most recent arrangement premiered at the United Nations 75th Anniversary Celebration. Shelbie served as a Mix Engineer and Audio Editor on the Broadway All-Star cover of “Georgia On My Mind”, premiering at the Rock the Runoff Concert, hosted by Kerry Washington and Stacey Abrams, raising $1.2 million from ticket sales alone. Among the star-studded lineup, including John Legend and Justin Timberlake, the piece featured Broadway and Television legends, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Danielle Brooks, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter. Broadway Records then released the piece as a Single, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Fair Fight Organization.

Shelbie also recently wrote an original piece entitled “Rebuild - for Virtual Orchestra”, which was performed by hundreds of individuals around the world to raise money for the NAACP and “Americans for the Arts”. Shelbie is incredibly honored to be the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s 2019-2020 Presser Scholar and has most recently been nominated for an American Academy of Arts and Letters Composer Award. As a working film composer, Shelbie has written the score for a Lexus commercial and documentary, an HBO Max ad, various theme songs and jingles for social media influencers with millions of followers, and various 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 Molly Bloom, Robert Langer (Co-founder of Moderna), and Cecilia Conrad (CEO of Lever for Change), and has spoken at various institutions, including Emerson College, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music. Shelbie is currently working on The Female Quotient’s Global Pack, which is “creating a global community of change-makers'' and will result in the world’s largest virtual dinner party of 150,000 individuals, where Shelbie’s arrangement and orchestration of Milck’s “Quiet”, performed by individuals from all around the globe, is set to premiere.

Professional Experience

  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film

Regions

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

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Dance Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Sound Designer/Composer
  • Music Producer/Record Producer
  • Recording Studio Engineer
  • Home Studio Whiz

My Instruments

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

Software

  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius

Affiliations

  • BMI

Pronouns

  • She/Her