B.M. Eastman School of Music, Violin Performance, student of Charles Castleman
M.M. Florida State University, Violin Performance, student of Beth Newdome
Violinist Shelley Mathews was born in London, England but considers her hometown the Washington DC metro area. As a young performer, she was a recipient of several scholarships including the Catherine Filene Shouse Scholarship at Wolf Trap, Maryland Distinguished Scholars Talent in the Arts, and prizewinner in the Brewster and Hood memorial competitions. She also was a member of Maryland All State and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, often serving as assistant, concertmaster and principal second. As a member of the All Eastern Orchestra, she performed at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Mathews currently performs in both chamber music and orchestral settings. Venues have included the Music Center at Strathmore, Warner Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, and the Verizon Center. As a busy freelance violinist, she has performed with the Maryland Symphony, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Washington Ballet Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Chorus, and frequent sub with the Richmond Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has performed with members of the National Chamber Ensemble for the Musicians Resource Council, and has given recitals at St.Matthew's Cathedral, the Shrine of Saint Jude, as well as the Teatime Concert Series (FL). Ms. Mathews currently performs in a duo with pianist, Christine Couch.
Ms. Mathews has taken part in several music festivals, most recently the Aims Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. She has also performed with Spoleto Festival USA, an opera and orchestra festival in Charleston, SC, National Orchestral Institute, and as a student spent her summers at Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and Heifetz Music Institute in Wolfboro, NH.
Ms. Mathews earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she was a student of Charles Castleman, and studied chamber music with members of the Ying Quartet. She holds a Master's of Music from Florida State University where she attended on graduate Assistantship as a student of Beth Newdome. While at Florida State, she was in a nationally televised PBS special "Peanuts Gallery" featuring the music of composer Ellen Taafe Zwillich. She was also a member of the Eolina String Quartet and member of theTallahassee Symphony.
Ms. Mathews is also a dedicated teacher and currently has a small private studio. She has served as a regular sectional coach for Maryland Classics Youth Orchestra, and has served on the judges panel for several DC area competitions. Ms. Mathews also serves as Chair of the Jack Weaver Memorial Competition, and is a member of American String Teacher's Association (ASTA).
Ms. Mathews' violin is also from England, by maker George Barton, 1798.
Stephanie Potter Corwin