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Shelbi Wagner holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors in Cello Performance from Miami University as a student of the late Steven Shumway. Since moving to the Dayton area, she has been a regular performer with the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Bach Society, as well as serving as Assistant Principal of the Lima and Springfield Symphonies.
Ms. Wagner has performed internationally in Europe and Mexico, and has served as Assistant Principal Cello in such orchestras as Adrian, Hilton Head, Beaufort and Pueblo, among others. In addition to being a section cellist in Toledo, Savannah, and Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, her festival credits include AlpenKammerMusik (Austria), Echternach (Luxembourg), Trier (Germany), Acapulco (Mexico), Chautauqua (New York), Crested Butte (Colorado), Aeolus and Moravian (Ohio) and Texas Music Festival as both a soloist and section cello. As an undergraduate, she was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and is a two-time first prize winner in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Competition. She has taken Master’s classes from such noted artists as Janos Starker, Boris Pergamenshikov and Yo-Yo Ma.
Aside from her orchestral experience, Ms. Wagner has been an Adjunct Professor of Music at Sinclair Community College, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo Community College, and Earlham College teaching cello performance, music appreciation, and music history. In the past she has maintained a large private studio of students, and has also served as a Music Librarian and Assistant Operations Manager for several orchestras. She participates in chamber ensembles, both professionally and personally, believing that music is as much an enjoyable part of life as it is a career and profession.
Ms. Wagner teaches Studio Cello, Low String Pedagogy, and Cello Choir as well as coaches various student ensembles at University of Dayton. Currently, Ms. Wagner is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts focusing on cello performance and pedagogical practices at The Ohio State University, studying with Mark Rudoff.