Schyler Sheltrown

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Schyler Sheltrown is a soprano hailing from Mattawan, Michigan. She has received national recognition, gaining an encouragement award in the Michigan District of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in 2015 and 2016, first place in the Scholarship Division of the National Opera Association’s solo voice competition (2014), as well as numerous other competitions and prizes. As a chorister, she performed in Michigan Opera Theatre’s productions of Carmen, Tosca and Le nozze di Figaro, and made her solo debut as The Page in Rigoletto. She was a finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition (2017), and she also received Second Prize in the international Great Composers Competition: Best Handel Performance (2017). She lent her talents to The Library of Congress through the Comic Opera Guild for the first recording of The Free Lance by John Philip Sousa (2017). Her first rendition of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as the soprano soloist was in Howell, MI with the Livingston Symphony (2017). Most recently, she made her debut with Opera Grand Rapids as a chorister in The Magic Flute, as well as West Michigan Opera Project’s Susannah. She also had the pleasure of voicing Joan of Arc as a soprano soloist in Voices of Light with the Rackham Choir at the Detroit Film Theatre.
Miss Sheltrown is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her Master of Music (2016) as a Mackey Scholar under the tutelage of Melanie Helton, along with her Bachelor of Music (2014). In her time at MSU, she performed numerous lead roles, including Romilda in Serse (2015), Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (2014), Musetta in La boheme (2014), and Pamina in The Magic Flute (2013). She participated in numerous masterclasses, notably with Renee Fleming, Daniel Beckwith, Jane Bunnell, and Luretta Bybee. Miss Sheltrown also had the privilege to travel with the MSU-China Project (2012, 2014, and 2016). Her most recent journey afforded her to perform the role of Jin Zi in The Savage Land, entirely in Mandarin and under the stage direction of renowned baritone Haijing Fu. Madame Li Daochuan, wife of the late composer, attended Miss Sheltrown’s performance in Beijing. Concerning her portrayal of the noted heroine, Li said, “‘She is the best Jin Zi I have ever seen.'” A documentary of her experience can be found on the MSUToday YouTube channel.

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