The Anderson University School of Music has selected Shelby Rhoades to receive the 2010 Outstanding Music Alumni Award and will honor her during its Homecoming Concert, Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., at Park Place Church of God in Anderson, Ind. Rhoades graduated from AU in 1996 with a B.A. in piano performance.
"We are delighted to honor Shelby Rhoades this year with the School of Music Outstanding Music Alumni Award," said Dr. Jeffrey Wright, dean of the College of Arts. "We knew that Shelby was extraordinarily talented when she was a student here. Her skills as a pianist and singer were superb."
Rhoades has had a successful career as an opera coach, joining the faculty at Alma College and working for various institutions in Seattle. Her career path has crossed with many renowned conductors and singers. Currently, Rhoades is based at the Julliard School as a member of the vocal arts coaching faculty and is in demand as a recitalist and coach/accompanist in the New York City area.
"It has been so gratifying to watch Shelby bring these talents together to become one of the most successful coach/accompanists in the nation," added Wright. "Her work at the Aspen Music Festival, at several universities and opera companies in Seattle, and now at the Julliard School of Music in New York City attests to her immense talent. We are so fortunate to call her one of our own."
The Homecoming Concert on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Park Place Church of God is free and open to the public.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.