Shelby Blezinger-Mccay

Percussion Teacher

Shelby is a passionate soloist, chamber player, educator, and experimental musician who desires to explore the vast art of percussion and music within today's communities and cultures. Shelby is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas with a Master's in Percussion Performance with emphasis on Contemporary Performance Practice. She has also received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Auburn University. She currently resides in New York City as a free-lance percussionist and educator.

She has been grateful to have recently performed and collaborated with the New York Vituosi, multiple theatre productions, and solo artists. Sharing the experience of music within collaboration has thankfully brought many opportunities to her. She recently traveled as an ensemble member and clinician with the World Percussion Group across the country and performing a specifically at PASIC 2016. She has performed across the world including USA, Poland, and China as a soloist and chamber percussionist. Past and present teachers include; Valerie Naranjo, Mike Englander, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Paul Rennick, and Doug Rosener. Shelby has also become a semi-finalist within in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and the  Drum Fest International Marimba Competition. 

Thankful for her many experiences alongside performance, Shelby now works for the Brooklyn Music School as an outreach teaching artist and registrar, and as an intern with So Percussion.