Glinda Blackshear's Biography


Glinda Blackshear has been a Vocal/Choral Instructor at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa since 1985. In 2000 she was selected Outstanding College Faculty Person for the state Two-Year College system and in 2008 she received the Todd Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is past president of the Alabama Choral Directors Association (AL-ACDA) and has recently served as the Southern Division Chair for Two-Year Colleges in ACDA. She has also been the recipient of two Druid Arts Awards from the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. She has performed locally with the Tuscaloosa Community Singers, the ensemble Chanson, and Theatre Tuscaloosa. She has also been the Choir Director at Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1994. Her husband, Dr. Alan Blackshear, is a composer on the Shelton State faculty, who has written dozens of arrangements and compositions for school and church ensembles. They have one daughter, Sara, and three grandchildren, Patrick, Jacob, and Raia.

Glinda Blackshear conducts the award-winning concert choir, the Shelton Singers, which has performed from New York to Hawaii, including 6 performances in Carnegie Hall. The Bach to Rock Ensemble, which Mrs. Blackshear originated and still directs, performs before hundreds of school children each year under the umbrella of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. In 2007 Bach to Rock was given a national award for Innovations in Education.  Her voice students compete in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Auditions, and she has had winners every year, even though her college is the only two-year institution participating along with the state’s four-year colleges.

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