Born in 1995 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shelby Rawlings Blalock is a composer, pianist, music producer, and audio engineer. Her works are evocative and influenced by her Virginia upbringing, but they have an added twist of modernism. 

Blalock’s compositions have been featured at the Fresh Inc Festival, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, Mississippi University for Women’s Music by Women Festival, Tennessee Music Education Association 2017 Conference, Nashville Chamber Music Series concerts, and performed by Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Composer Collective, Bent Frequency, and Belmont University New Music Ensemble.  In 2017, her works will also be featured at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine.  Blalock is the winner of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016 Composition Competition, and in 2017, her solo piano piece, Agitato, received Honorable Mention in Tribeca New Music Festival’s national Young Composers competition.  Her orchestral composition Out of Ashes received Belmont University’s 2017 President’s Award.

Pursuing dual degrees in Music Composition and Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Shelby is the recipient of the Ron and Donna Huff Scholarship for Composition. Blalock’s teachers include Gilda Lyons, Mark Volker, and James Carlson.  She has had additional lessons with Daron Hagen, Stacy Garrop, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Paula Matthusen, and Humie Mann.  Blalock studies piano with Nashville Symphony principal pianist Robert Marler.

In addition to her compositional activities, since 2009, Shelby has arranged, produced, and engineered commercially released recordings through her music production company, Shelby Lock Productions.  Her work in the recording arts has been recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation, with her 2012 selection to attend the prestigious GRAMMY Camp New York and GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles to study music production and audio engineering.



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