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Shelbie Rassler

Shelbie Rassler

Biography

Shelbie Rassler is a composer/arranger, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Composition at The Juilliard School, studying with Mr. John Corigliano, while working on countless collaborative endeavors outside of school.  Her compositions have been played by various orchestras, choruses, and chamber ensembles throughout the world, and she has music directed countless concerts and musicals, including Voices, her original musical that was a New York Musical Festival (NYMF) 2020 Finalist.

Recent projects include writing the score for a Lexus commercial and documentary and for "Titan", a short film which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and is a CMF Cannes Film Festival Official Selection. 

Most recently, Shelbie produced, arranged, and edited a viral cover of Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now”, featuring the remote recordings of 75 musicians all around the world in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The video has been featured alongside interviews with Shelbie on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Forbes Magazine, National Public Radio (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. 

Shelbie has created various Virtual Orchestra pieces, including Aline Shader’s “Happy Birthday, World” for Earth Day, featuring performers from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”, which premiered at the Female Quotient’s Virtual Equality Lounge. She is also the Technical Adviser for PBS WNED's recent “Band Against Bullying” production and is working with the Inspired Education team to turn her Children’s Musical, “Ellsie the Elephant”, into an interactive program for elementary curriculum throughout the world. Shelbie also recently wrote an original song 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”.

Recently, Shelbie has collaborated on several music video projects regarding the 2020 Election, including Leonard Bernstein's "Take Care of This House", featuring notable performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Collins, Anthony McGill, Lara Downes, Charles Yang, and many others; "Just Vote", written by Jim Mayer, featuring members of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band; and "Election Day", an original piece written by Shelbie for the Female Quotient's YOU(th) Vote series.In addition, Shelbie currently works with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley on their hit shows “Stars in the House” and "Seth's Concert Series", collaborating with the Original Broadway Casts of various musicals, as well as Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices. She also works as an arranger and orchestrator, with an upcoming arrangement set to premiere at the United Nations 75th Anniversary Celebration. 

Shelbie is incredibly honored to be the 2019-2020 Presser Scholar and has most recently been nominated for an American Academy of Arts and Letters Composer Award, with the winners announced in 2021.

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