Shelby Cox is a teacher and performer with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School. During her training, she performed in several art song recitals, opera productions, and musical theater cabarets. She could be seen as Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld and in the ensembles of Hippolyte et Aricie, Katya Kabanova, and La Sonnambula. Outside of Juilliard, Shelby was selected as a 2018 Emerging Artist at Seagle Music Colony, where she performed the roles of Sesto (Giulio Cesare) and Gloria Upson (Mame), and was a featured dancer in the ensembles of The Great Gatsby and Candide. As a 2017 Artist at Classic Lyric Arts Italy, she sang in various scenes and concerts, including the roles of Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Tolomeo (Tolomeo), and Mistress Quickly (Falstaff). In March 2020, Shelby sang in Debussy’s Nocturnes with the New York Philharmonic as part of the “Sirènes” chorus at David Geffen Hall, conducted by Louis Langrée.
While live performances were put on hold, she performed three leading and supporting roles as part of the rEMOTION Online Play Festival: Julie in “The Exhibit,” by Hanna Wagner, Beck in “By the Bay” by Ginger Chen, and Amanda in “Little Poppy Seed,” by M.J. Kang. Shelby also ventured into voiceover work, playing the role of Joanne Carpenter in the audio drama “untitled [redacted].” In 2020, Shelby was scheduled to make her Off-Broadway debut as Auguste van Pels in Anne Frank, A Musical, which has been postponed indefinitely. As an instructor, Shelby is passionate about passing down the joy of music and theater to the next generation. Shelby has taught students of all ages and experience levels in both North Carolina and New York City. She has maintained a private teaching studio since 2014, and she currently serves as the Music Director of Mamma Mia at Raleigh Charter High School.