Glinda Blackshear received both the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music Degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Montevallo. Since 1985 she has been on the faculty of Shelton State Community College, where she teaches Voice and Music Appreciation and directs the Shelton Singers and the Bach to Rock ensemble. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award in the Two-Year College System, the Todd Award for Excellence in Teaching at Shelton State, and the Druid Arts Award for Outstanding Music Educator from the Tuscaloosa Arts Council. She is a former president of AL-ACDA, is the Secretary for AL-NATS, is active in the Prentice Concert Chorale, and serves as a church choir director. She recently played the Mother Abbess in Theatre Tuscaloosa’s production of The Sound of Music.
Alan Blackshear grew up in Dothan, Alabama. He graduated from UA where he earned a BS in Music Ed. He served in the US Air Force from 1971-1975. Following his service, he taught instrumental music in Oklahoma while working on a Master’s in Music Ed from West Texas State (1978). He then returned to Alabama to work on second Master’s Degree in Theory and Composition (1981).
Alan met Glinda Ogle at Wallace Community College in Selma and they married in 1984. After several years in Selma, the Blackshear’s returned to Tuscaloosa, where Alan completed a Doctorate in Music Theory and Composition (1991). He taught at Bevill State before coming to Shelton State 17 years ago and beginning the Jazz Ensemble. He conducted the group throughout his time here and continues to play in it.
During the Silver Season of the Shelton Music Department (2005), Alan was honored with an Evening of Music by Alan Blackshear, in which many of his compositions were performed by various instrumental and vocal groups. In addition to dozens of sacred anthems for choir, he has composed anthems for his church, Covenant Presbyterian, celebrating both their 50th and 60th Anniversaries. His most recent composition, Moundville Suite, has been performed by the Caldara String Quartet and the UA Capstone Quintet.
Mark Brown received his Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University, his Master of Music in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctor of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Mississippi. He has been teaching at Shelton State since 1996. He has sung professionally with the Houston Symphony Orchestra Chorus as well as being a tenor soloist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in performance of Mozart’s Mass in c minor. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association where he has served as the two-year college chairman for the State of Alabama. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing where he is currently serving as the web-site committee chairman for the State of Alabama.
Syble Coats has been a part of Shelton State Community College faculty since 1979. In the fall 2011, Mrs. Coats was named Fine Arts Division Chair. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, receiving a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in piano performance. During her college studies, she studied piano with Amanda Penick and organ with the late Warren Hutton. Mrs. Coats has appeared as a soloist, a chamber musician, an accompanist, and as an adjudicator for festivals, competitions, and AMTA district auditions. She was a featured performer on the Heritage of Excellence concert in 2008 at the U of A ,which honored Amanda Penick for her 54 years of teaching. Mrs. Coats (also) performs yearly on the Terrific Tuesday Concert Series at the college.
Mrs. Coats was named the 2010 AMTA Teacher of the Year for her commitment to music in the state. In 2005 she received the Dr. and Mrs. John Todd Award at Shelton State Community College for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching. She was the recipient in 2005 for the Music Educator of the Year sponsored by The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa. Mrs. Coats is active in the local Federation of Music Clubs, WAMTA, and AMTA where she has served on the executive board and held office.
Leslie S. Poss, Adjunct
Dr. Poss is an active soloist, conductor, and music educator. As a soloist, she has performed with Alabama state and local orchestras including the Alabama Symphony and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras. Her solo performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughn Williams’ Hodie, and the premier performance of Gunther Schuller’s The Black Warrior. As a conductor, Dr. Poss has prepared choruses for Dave Brubeck, for the Alabama Symphony and Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras, and for the 2011 world premiere performance of composer Adolphus Hailstorks’ Dream. Child, Hope. The University of Alabama’s 1994 Frederick Prentice conducting scholarship recipient, Dr. Poss is in her eleventh season as Musical Director and Conductor of Prentice Concert Chorale and her ninth season as Musical Director for Theatre Tuscaloosa. A Georgia native, Leslie received a Bachelor's in Music Education from Georgia Southern College; a Master’s in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from The University of Alabama.
Daniel Western is Director of the Shelton State Jazz Ensemble. He received his Bachelor of Music Saxophone Performance and Master of Music in Arranging from The University of Alabama. He has performed throughout the United States with acts such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, the O'Jays, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Wayne Newton, Joan Rivers, Lou "Blue Lou" Marini, Lew Soloff, Bob Mintzer and The New South Jazz Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Western has toured nationally and internationally as an arranger and saxophone soloist with The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, with notable performances including the White House and multiple appearances on the nationally broadcasted Tom Joyner Morning Show. Mr. Western is active as the Director, composer/arranger, and baritone saxophonist for the jazz septet, The Birmingham Seven. (www.birminghamseven.com). He has taught at The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama State University, Birmingham Southern College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, and currently teaching music appreciation as well as jazz at Shelton State Community College.