Shelley composes art music and contest music for brass band and brass ensemble, also with the addition of choir or pipe organ. Shelley studied composition with New Zealand’s most prolific classical composer, Dr Anthony Ritchie, as well as brass band specialists, Peter Adams and British band composer, Tom Davoren. In 2017, Shelley’s Reformation Oratorio for brass band, choir and three Lutheran pastors as narrators, premiered in the Barossa Arts & Convention Centre, to mark the 500-year anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Shelley was a professional musician and music arranger with the New Zealand Army Band, and her music was played at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland, as well as the Rugby World Cup matches.
Shelley is also a cornet soloist, having won the SA Junior Brass Championships at 18, and placing 3rd in Australia in 2016. She has played with bands in Australia, Japan, Germany and New Zealand.
Shelley completed postgraduate conducting studies with Carl Crossin, and also studied with Squadron Leader Eric Banks and Ernie Alderslade. At 21, she was appointed conductor of the Campbelltown City Band, and was also assistant at Glenelg City Band, where she established a training band for children and adults. While living in China, Shelley conducted a university choir, and she has been guest conductor of the Adelaide Austrian Club choir.
I like to write lyrical music that expresses all the emotions of the human condition. I like to draw upon my German and Wendish heritage. I like to tell stories through music. I feel rewarded when people say they felt a power in my music that stirred them.