Shelley Beard Santore

Violin, Viola Teacher

Shelley Beard Santore

SAA Member


Lansdowne, PA
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Shelley Beard is currently the Suzuki Academy Department Head and Master Faculty member at The Music School of Delaware in Wilmington, DE. Ms. Beard has served as Vice President of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and President of the Philadelphia Viola Society. Ms. Beard is a graduate of the Peabody Institute (BM) and Indiana University School of Music (MM). As an active chamber musician, Shelley Beard was a former and founding member of both the Tononi Quartet and the prize-winning Mühlenberg Piano Quartet. As a member of these ensembles, Ms. Beard has performed at numerous concert venues including The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, the Samuel Barber International Chamber Music Festival at Westchester University, Temple University, Ramapo College, Wesley College, An Die Musik (Baltimore), Ursinus College, and for the Pottstown Symphony Chamber Music Series. Chamber music collaborations include performances with members of the Minnesota and Cleveland Orchestras, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and at summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and Credo Chamber Music Institute at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Beard’s students have been accepted into numerous musical organizations including The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Peabody Conservatory and have performed at many regional venues including Lincoln Center in NYC and with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.