Born in 1995 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shelby Rawlings Blalock is a composer, pianist, music producer, and audio engineer. Her compositions 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, Atlantic Music Festival, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, Mississippi University for Women’s Music by Women Festival, Tennessee Music Education Association 2017 Conference, and Nashville Chamber Music Series concerts. Her music has been performed by Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Composer Collective, Bent Frequency, and Belmont University New Music Ensemble. Shelby has received numerous recognitions, including Grand Prize in the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composition Competition, Finalist in the American Prize, Finalist in Tribeca New Music Festival’s national Young Composers competition, and Belmont University’s President’s Award in Composition. She is an active member of the Nashville Composer Collective.
Shelby graduated Summa Cum Laude from Belmont University in 2017, earning both a BM in Music Composition and a BS in Audio Engineering Technology. She was the recipient of the Ron and Donna Huff Scholarship for Composition and the David Martin Scholarship for Music Production. Blalock’s composition teachers include Gilda Lyons, Mark Volker, and James Carlson. While at Belmont, she studied piano with Nashville Symphony principal pianist Robert Marler. She is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Music Composition in Chicago, IL.
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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