Lucy Shelton, soprano, winner of two Walter W. Naumburg Awards as chamber musician and solo recitalist, has worked closely with today’s composers and premiered over 100 works. She has been a guest artist with ensembles such as the Emerson, Brentano, Enso, Mendelssohn, Chiara and Guarnieri string quartets, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, 21st Century Consort, Speculum Musicae, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Da Camera of Houston, eighth blackbird, Dolce Suono Ensemble, the Ensemble Moderne, Nash Ensemble, Klangform Wien, Schoenberg-Asko, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Lucy has participated in numerous festivals including those of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ojai, Tanglewood, Chamber Music Northwest, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Kuhmo, Togo and Salzburg. Lucy has appeared with major orchestras worldwide including Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Cologne, Denver, Edinburgh, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Minnesota, Munich, New York, Paris, St. Louis, Stockholm, Sydney and Tokyo. In Pierrot Lunaire’s centennial year (2012) she performed the work with 10 different ensembles worldwide, as well as touring with eighth blackbird in a staged version. Lucy’s extensive discography is on the Deutsche Grammophon, Koch International, Nonesuch, NMC, Bridge, Albany and Innova labels, and in 2010 she received a Grammy Nomination (with the Enso Quartet) for the Naxos release of Ginastera’s string quartets.
Lucy has taught at the Third Street Settlement School in Manhattan, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute and the Britten-Pears School. She joined the resident artist faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1996 and in the fall of 2007 she was appointed to the voice faculty for Manhattan School’s innovative Contemporary Performance Program. Her primary mentor was the legendary mezzo soprano Jan De Gaetani. In recognition of her contribution to the field of contemporary music, Lucy has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Pomona College (2003) and the Boston Conservatory (2013). Currently, Lucy is a Board Member of Chamber Music America, Joy In Singing and Resonant Bodies Festival.