Dr. Shannon Gravelle is the Director of Choral Activities University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she conducts Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, and the Tenor/Bass Choir. She has been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for choirs in North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Illinois. She serves as The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Concert Choir Chair at Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival, a 4-week-long immersive music experience for high school students across the country. Her current research focuses on conducting pedagogy and how the identity points of young conductors affect the way they learn conducting. She is committed to equity work within her field and higher education, and advocacy is a centerpiece of her community building. Other areas of research also include silenced voices in music, conducting pedagogy, the choral works of Russian composer Sergei Taneyev, the early choral works of Johannes Brahms, the life and works of Barbara Strozzi, and music education advocacy.
Dr. Gravelle has presented at conferences In Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, and has led professional development for K-12 music teachers. She has served as a church music director, choral conductor, hand bell conductor, pianist, and vocal soloist. Her publications can be found in Notes, Carolina Caroler, The Choral Scholar, ChoralNet, and The Choral Journal. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), on which she serves as the Midwestern ACDA Treble Choir R&R Chair and as the Bass Clef Choir R&R Chair for Wisconsin ACDA. She is also a member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, on which she serves as a national board member. Her other memberships are in the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. Dr. Gravelle also founded and serves on the leadership team of WiCHEd (Womxn in Choral Higher Education), an organization dedicated to supporting womxn-identifying choral conductors as they navigate barriers and successes in higher education. In addition to conducting and scholarly activities, she enjoys singing, playing piano and guitar, identifying ways to collaborate with other musicians, running, and going to baseball games. She has sung at a TED talk given by Eric Whitacre and, true to the life of a rockstar, has sung back-up for the Rolling Stones.
Prior to UWO, Dr. Gravelle was the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education Coordinator at Meredith College in North Carolina. Her conducting mentors include Timothy Stalter, Jonathan Talberg, Tim Peter, Sandra Peter, and Weston Noble. Dr. Gravelle received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa; her research took her to Russia to study the music and history of composer Sergei Taneyev for her dissertation. She holds a Master of Music from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University - Long Beach and an undergraduate degree from Luther College, where her areas of study were music, music education, and religion.