Shannon received her Bachelor's Degree in Arts Administration,Theater Emphasis and Musical Theater Minor, at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University. She had the honor of studying the Alexander Technique of Acting under Master Teacher Meade Andrews, as well as studying under the direction of nationally acclaimed Musical Directors Louis Goldberg and Gregory Brandt. Shannon has advanced her teaching techniques through continued education at Westminster Choir College and Princeton University, in the areas of Voice Pedagogy, Vocal Health, Musical Theater Voice Techniques, and Changing Voices for Adolescent and Aging Students.
She has had the privilege to train with such Broadway professionals as Laura Osnes, Rachel Rak, and Hamilton's Musical Director Ian Weinberger. Shannon has performed in various Musical Theater Companies in the roles of Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), and Cosette (Les Miserables), but her first love is in teaching students of all ages and abilities to become accomplished vocal singers, including those with special needs. Her exceptional skill in assessing a student, and adapting vocal techniques that work best for them, is unparalleled in the business. Shannon is known for her welcoming classroom and elaborate Musical Theater Productions, but her energy overflows into the musical areas of Rock, Pop, and Jazz music as well. Tight harmonies, soulful lyrics, and rhythmic rock songs are equal parts of her weekly class programs. She is an artistic proponent of singer songwriters, and continuously encourages her students to be original and true to themselves. Her philosophy of 'students first' encompasses a whole student approach, which includes: vocal health tune-ups, repertoire coaching, preparing audition portfolios, and practicing pre-performance relaxation techniques, to help her students achieve their goals.