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Dr. Shelley Sanderson

Assistant Professor of Music

Coordinator of Music Education


Dr. Shelley M. Sanderson, a native of Warner Robins, GA, joined the YHC music faculty in the fall of 2015 as the Coordinator of the Music Education degree and applied voice instructor. Dr. Sanderson received her PhD from the University of Florida (2015). White at the University of Florida she taught a freshman humanities course, assistant directed the UF Woman’s Chorale, and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Fine Arts Department at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Sanderson has previous K-12 teaching/conducting experiences in Georgia. She taught general music, chorus, piano, music appreciation, and musical theater. She has musically directed and conducted multiple musicals including some of her favorites, Les Miserable, South Pacific, and Cinderella and created a co-taught Musical Theater class. She had the opportunity in 2009 to perform with her Houston County High School choir in Carnegie Hall, New York City under the direction of guest conductor John Rutter. In 2011, Dr. Sanderson had the fortune to conduct her Westfield School Choir at a main stage performance at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL.

Dr. Sanderson has run a private voice and piano studio since 2006, has been published in the Florida Music Director and Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation, and is an active adjudicator, choral clinician, and state, national, and international conference presenter. Dr. Sanderson was awarded the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education (2014), while at the University of Florida and was the vocal winner for Georgia College and State University Aria/Concerto Competition (2010).

Dr. Sanderson is also a graduate of Georgia College and State University (MME) and Georgia College and State University (BME). Her major research interests include musical theater on the high school level, creativity in music education, music and the exceptional child, and music education assessment. She currently resides in Hiawassee, GA with her husband James and her dog Bella and loves being a Young Harris Mountain Lion!