Michele Shafer attended the Nelsonville Schools where her early influence for music was through the Nelsonville High School band director, Mary Jane McKinley. It was during her school years at Nelsonville that she began to study voice under the instruction of Popey Kleon. In 1961 she was the winner of the Young Musicians Competition in Columbus, Ohio which led to a singing debut with the Columbus Symphony where she performed Un bel di from Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. A graduate of Capital University, Ms. Shafer earned two degrees: Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education. Additional studies in the graduate program were done at The Ohio State University. She began her public school teaching career at Licking Heights High School. After two years at this institution, she was hired to teach at Mansfield Senior High School. Director of bands at Mansfield, Percy Hall, was instrumental in bringing Michele to this school. During her twenty-six year tenure at Mansfield Senior, her choral program achieved twenty-three superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association’s State choral contest.
As a professional singer she performed extensively with the Richard Johnston Chorale, the Robert Woods Chorale and Take Five, a vocal jazz ensemble. Ms. Shafer is a certified adjudicator for the OMEA where she specializes in vocal/choral performance.
During her years at Mansfield Senior High School, Michele accumulated a myriad of recordings of her various choral ensembles. She has selected what she calls her favorite choral pieces from these years and has placed these songs on a newly released CD entitled: Legacy, which is the best of Michele Shafer and the Mansfield Senior High School Choral Program during her tenure.
A double CD set that contains 47 songs. Categories include SATB Chorus, Chamber Choir, SA Chorus & Ensemble, TB Chorus & Ensemble, Classical Solos, Pop, Rock, Blues & Jazz.
Send check or money order to:
Hairstonning Music, LLC
PO Box 328563
Columbus, OH 43232
$20.00 Legacy CD
$ 2.00 Shipping (U.S.)