Bettina Sheppard is a performer, teacher, and choral director based in New York City. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, New York City Center, The Public Theatre, Barrow Street Theatre, Blue Note, and many more, as well as recording for film, television, and radio. She is on faculty at City College of New York, Broadway Dance Center, and is Artistic Director of Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts. Many of her students are performing in major classical venues as well as Broadway theatrres, in tours, clubs, and have recording contracts. She is the author of The Everything Singing Book, Adams Media.
Ms. Sheppard has composed and arranged music for numerous classical, film, theatre, and dance pieces. She is a classically trained singer and pianist, and holds graduate degrees summa cum laude from University of Virginia and CUNY Hunter, with postgraduate work at Juilliard. Some works include: Emily Dickinson poems, performed in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall; Edna St. Vincent Millay poetry, commissioned for the American Cathedral in Paris; stage productions including a dance piece, Hell, City Center, with choreographer Juan Borona; TraumNovela, Barrow Street Theatre and Barcelona; 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Public Theater; The Picture of Dorian Grey; Kindly Direct Me To Hell: An Evening With Dorothy Parker, and her most recent choral pieces, Caerphilly and The Day The Saucers Came, presented by C4 Vocal Ensemble at BAM and Galapagos. Solus, her CD of original material was released under her Welsh name, Brythonwen. Ms. Sheppard created the swing jazz trio, Satin Dolls, who performed her original material and jazz arrangements in Radio City Music Hall, The Rainbow Room, and Trump Plaza, among others, and often appeared with big bands including the New York Pops. She also created the international vocal group, Bridges Vocal Ensemble, a cross-cultural project devoted to the performance of her original choral repertoire. She is a current member of C4,Composer/Condutor CollaborativeVocal Ensemble, and beginning the recording of the group’s second CD. Sheppard is an active member of The Sound and Music Institute, an innovative group of multicultural musicians, begun by the late Don Campbell, exploring the effects of both archaic and modern music in today’s society.