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Shelbie Rassler

Shelbie Rassler

Biography

Shelbie Rassler is a composer/arranger, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Music Composition department. Her compositions have been played by various orchestras, choruses, and chamber ensembles throughout the country, 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 the upcoming “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”.

In addition, Shelbie has recently been working with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley on their hit show “Stars in the House”, collaborating with the Original Broadway Casts of various musicals, as well as Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Shelbie is incredibly honored to be the 2019-2020 Presser Scholar and is greatly looking forward to continuing her education by pursuing a Masters of Music in Composition at The Juilliard School in the Fall, studying with Mr. John Corigliano.

Experience

  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film

Regions

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

Expertise

  • 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

Instruments

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

Software

  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius

Affiliations

  • BMI

Pronouns

  • She/Her