SHELTON VOICE STUDENTS EXCEL
Students at Shelton State Community College who are pursuing Associate Degrees with an emphasis in Music or are Fine Arts Scholarship recipients may take Applied Voice, which consists of one-on-one lessons and a weekly Voice Performance Lab. Students are offered opportunities to sing recitals as well as to sing for sports events, pageants, churches, civic groups, college events, and the weekly Terrific Tuesday Concert Series. Students must meet repertoire requirements in their study, and many choose to participate in the annual Alabama NATS Vocal Auditions. Shelton State has had winners in NATS every year for over 20 years, although they have often been the only Two-Year College who competed against Four-Year Colleges. Shelton students have been selected for NATS Vocal Workshops and for the Vann Opera Institute, and 95% of Shelton Voice Majors who have transferred to Four-Year Colleges have received scholarships.
MUP 111-112, 211-212
VOICE STUDENTS ENJOY MUSICAL THEATRE
Students who take Applied Voice at Shelton are given the opportunity to learn musical theatre repertoire in addition to classical repertoire. Students may present staged performances of musical theatre numbers in Voice Performance Lab, for the Terrific Tuesday Concert Series, in the Shelton Singers Showcase, in Bach to Rock shows, and at the Alabama NATS Auditions. In 2010, seven students from the Shelton State Music Department were winners at the NATS Auditions, including sweeping the First Year College Women category. Students are also encouraged to audition for roles in productions by local and regional theatre companies. Students from Shelton have become performers for Opryland, Six Flags, Disney, and Dollywood, and many received scholarships to four-year colleges in Musical Theatre. One former Shelton student has begun his own theatre company, The Actors Charitable Theatre; another directs for the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre; and another has recently been named Technical Director for Theatre Tuscaloosa. The philosophy of the Voice Faculty is that good singers should sing well in a variety of styles with solid, healthy classical technique and careful attention to stylistic details.