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.
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.