meet the president

Soprano, Shelby Claire Milgram is an Alabama native who holds a Master’s degree in Music with a concentration in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory, where she was named “Outstanding Voice Student” in 2011.  While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Birmingham Southern College, she was recognized as the top vocalist from 2007 to 2009.  Shelby has studied with many distinguished professionals, including Jennifer Casey Cabot, Steven Rainbolt, Eileen Cornett and Jerome Shannon.

Following recent performances, Stephanie McGill of DC Theatre Scene writes, “[Shelby] Claire sings in a refined tone which compliments her diminutive figure.”  Additionally, Shelby “demonstrates astounding technical vocal ability,” writes Jennifer Perry of DC Metro Theater Arts.  Shelby is “most successful in combining sound vocals with solid song interpretation, acting, and stage presence.”

She has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in such roles as Mozart’s Queen of the Night, Offenbach’s Olympia (The Doll), Sousa’s Annabelle from The American Maid, Menotti’s Lucy from The Telephone, Verdi’s Sister Genovieffa from Sour Angelica, and as a soloist with various orchestras.  Among other prestigious awards, she placed first in the Virginia Auditions Plus Competition, Maryland/D.C. National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Frances & Dorsey Whittington Competition, Alabama National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.