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Shanelle Woods: Why I Sing

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

December 1, 2018

Sound Advice, Episode One: Shanelle Woods on "Why I Sing"

Hi, I'm Ms. Shanelle and I teach voice here at FAME Performing Arts.


I was asked today to talk about why I sing, and I realized in trying to answer that question - I could give you the cliche "I sing because it's something I've always done, it's always been a part of who I am". That just feels so cliche to me, so I challenged myself to go a little further. I needed to change the question a little bit and figure out why I've kept singing after all these years. If it's such a part of who I am what's kept me from abandoning it?


I realized in that process that I sing because it is the process by which I learn the most about myself. I learn what excites me, I learn what scares me, I learn how to get over those fears. It's how I learn about myself and therefore how I learn about other people. I hope that helps you plant a little seed of growth that helps you figure out why you are on this musical journey. If you'd like to figure more out about your own voice and why you sing, and why you do what you do, you can visit us on our website or give us a call in the studio at (843) 971-0774.


Shanelle Woods made her Spoleto Festival USA debut in the 2016 season, doubly featured as Annie in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and as Kentucky Kate in the world premiere of Edmund Thornton Jenkins’ Afram ou La Belle Swita. This was followed by an engagement as Jeanette in Chevalier de Saint-Georges' L'amant anonyme, as part of the 2016 Colour of Music Festival. In 2017, Ms. Woods debuted with the renowned Glimmerglass Festival in the world premier of the hip-hopera, Stomping Grounds, and has recently performed the roles of Tituba in Robert Ward's operatic telling of The Crucible, and as Ronnie in the rock music Hair (Glow Lyric Theater.) Equally at home on the opera, musical theater, or concert stage, Shanelle has also performed roles from Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky), Die Zauberflöte (Third Lady), Noye’s Fludde (Mrs. Noye), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Pinkerton), Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley (Jennie Parsons) and Seymour Barab’s children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood. Ms. Woods received the Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Florida and is currently adjunct voice faculty at both Charleston Southern University and Claflin University, in addition to maintaining a private voice studio at Wando Voice Studio (Mt. Pleasant, SC.) 

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