Shelby Hall - NAfMEC Vice President
Junior, Music Education - Trombone
Minor in Music and Human Services
I am this year's winner of the 2016 Carole Jackson Endowed Scholarship for Music Education: an academic- and performance-based scholarship given to one JMU Junior each spring. I work at Central High School teaching general music to students with special needs twice a month, and visit the Arc in Harrisonburg each week to make music with its residents using iPads. Along with making music, I also lead Young Life Capernaum in Harrisonburg!
In addition to being the Vice-President of JMU NAfMEC, I also teach lessons to trombone students around the area!
I am also a member of the trombone section in the JMU Symphonic Band and Jazz Band. And I love pugs!
Besides being a member of NAfMEC, I am involved with JMU's chapter of American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and just became secretary on the exec. In the community, I enjoy spending time volunteering several times a week in public schools helping students of all ages, including children with disabilities and special needs. I have also been fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with elderly residents at retirement homes in our community, and I am the current coordinator of music activities between the School of Music and Sunnyside Retirement. One awesome project I'm working on right now is co-organizing a two-day summer workshop/event for high school musicians and collaborative composers, which will be hosted in the Greater Richmond, Virginia Area. Over the last few years, I've been a composer in our group, "Enlightened Productions" (go check us out on Facebook if you'd like), and I've teamed up with musicians from Indiana University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and several other colleges across the country. I look forward on working more on this project throughout the spring!
Nicoletta has also just been awarded the Joy Hollar Costello '58 Scholarship Endowment in Music Education for her outstanding work through her first two years at school!