Shelby Gottberg was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She began training at age eleven with Dawn Elwell, with a focus in Musical Theatre. At age fifteen, she began classical training with Dr. Sandra Glover, Head of the Music Department at Highline Community College and a member of the board for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music, with an emphasis on Vocal Performance from Western Washington University. While in college, Shelby studied as a full lyric soprano with Heldentenor Edward Cook. After graduation, her voice changed to light lyric coloratura soprano and she began to study with Janeanne Houston, a professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University.
Shelby began teaching private lessons at Western Washington University while studying pedagogy. After graduation, she worked at Momentum Music and Dance Academy as the Music Director for their musical theatre program, taking over as Director in January 2019, and with Hi-Liner Musical Theatre where she taught dance for two years and worked as music director and choreographer. In 2018, she started up a Group Vocal Technique class and has continued private voice instruction for six years.
Her favorite musical theatre and opera roles include Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress, Cosette in Les Miserables, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Favorite performances abroad include: a choral tour through Italy and Croatia, an Opera Scenes show with the Lyric Opera Study in Italy, the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany, the roles of Un Pâtre and La Chauve-Souris in L’enfant et Les sortilège with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and soloist in concerts in Italy, Germany, and Hawaii. She has had many choral appearances including tours in Washington and Oregon, performing Beethoven’s 9th symphony with full orchestra, performing with Chinese national orchestra for New Year’s festival, and soloist in Carmina Burana.
As of September 2019, Shelby has relocated to Southern California to continue training and performing while working towards beginning a Master’s program in Opera performance. She is looking forward to continuing private coaching and vocal technique classes to help performers develop their vocal skills.