Shannon Gravelle

Interim Director of Choral Activities
Voice Faculty

Dr. Shannon Gravelle is the incoming choral director at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has previously served as the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education Coordinator at Meredith College, where she conducted three choirs and taught conducting. Dr. Gravelle has also taught at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Iowa, and California State University Long Beach.

Her current research is 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. 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 been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for choirs in North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Illinois. 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, and The Choral Journal, and currently pens a blog series for ACDA membership. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, and serves on the board of Wisconsin ACDA. She is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. 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.

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. 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.​