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Shelby VanNordstrand

Assistant Professor / Area Coordinator of Voice
Strauss Performing Arts Center | Office 228
phone: (402) 554-4944

Soprano Shelby VanNordstrand has appeared as a soloist with a wide range of ensembles and companies; including Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Simon Estes Young Artist Program, and the Omaha Chamber Music Society.

Past operatic engagements include Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (Castleton Festival), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Paquette in Candide (Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), Sally in Herman the Horse (Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), and Cunegonde in Candide (Michigan State Opera Theatre). In the fall of 2012, she traveled to Muscat, Oman with The Castleton Festival in performances of La Boheme.

In addition to her operatic appearances, VanNordstrand is an active recitalist who enjoys collaborating with other musicians. She is a charter member of the eclectic chamber music group, I the Siren, a trio of soprano, oboe (Darci Gamerl), and piano (Stacie Haneline).  I the Siren was accepted for a residency at Avaloch Farms for Summer 2014.  They were also added to the Artists Roster of the Nebraska Arts Council in 2014.  Visit for more.

VanNordstrand received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Iowa State University, and a Master of Music in vocal performance from Michigan State University.VanNordstrand currently serves on the voice faculty and as vocal area coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is frequently a guest clinician for high school musicians, and serves as an adjudicator for various music competitions in the Midwest. Additional information can be found at  Follow Shelby on twitter @shelbyvn by visiting