Soprano Shelby VanNordstrand has appeared as a soloist with a wide range of ensembles and companies; including Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Simon Estes Young Artist Program. Past operatic engagements include Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (Castleton Festival), Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor (NYLOT), Gretel and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Paquette in Candide (Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), and Cunegonde in Candide (Michigan State Opera Theatre).
VanNordstrand is passionate about connecting song and opera repertoire to today’s audience. Her recent recital project “The Giving Voice Project: Ophelia” examines the gendered oppression of Hamlet’s Ophelia from a twenty-first century view point through song, opera, and dance. She continues to share her love of song across the globe at diverse locations including Indonesia, Japan, China, and Lithuania. She is an alumnus of the SongFest program.
VanNordstrand is Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Area Coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a teacher of singing, her students have been named winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions at the state, regional, and national levels and winners of the National Opera Association's Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. As a clinician, she has presented at the National Collegiate Music Society Conference, the National Opera Association Conference, and other state and regional conferences. She is a frequent guest clinician for high school and collegiate musicians. VanNordstrand holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from Iowa State University, and a Master of Music in vocal performance from Michigan State University.