Shana Oshiro

Shana Oshiro
Shana Oshiro, is an alumna of Morgan State University with a BFA in Vocal Performance and a former Miss Maryland. She has appeared with Opera Philadelphia in productions of Porgy and Bess and Margaret Garner and made several appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a featured ensemble member, as well as multiple local orchestras and chorales in the DC Metropolitan area. Shana is also a board-certified music therapist currently pursuing her Masters in Music Therapy at Shenandoah Conservatory. She has continued her performance career combining her interest in community music therapy to address racism in the United States with her barbershop quartet, HALO, and their collective community music therapy initiative with their program Race and #RealTalk — a program in which people are guided through the listening and singing experience of Barbershop music to help engage with one another in difficult conversations about our country’s complex issues with race relations.

Recent Posts

Programming Progress: The Influence of Funding on Inclusion in the Arts

When the works of brilliant musicians of color are so underrepresented, why are concert programs still dominated by the works of dead European composers? The answer usually has to do with risk and funding. Check out this blog to see how you can help support more diverse programming!

Restoring the National Negro Opera House in Honor of Mary Cardwell Dawson

Learn about Madame Mary Cardwell Dawson and the first Black opera company in the U.S. Chip in to support the restoration of the National Negro Opera House!

Race on the Path to Choral Conducting: Bridges into Barbershop

Jessie Caynon Oslan talks shop — barbershop, that is — about her experiences as a Black director and leader within the barbershop choral community.

Race on the Path to Choral Conducting: Systemic Oppression and Self-Individuation

An interview with choral conductor, Julien Benichou, on how racism manifests in the context of America’s structures and how self-individuation plays in.

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Race on the Path to Choral Conducting: That Milky White Way

Early childhood experiences strongly influence the paths we choose. Could these opportunities differ depending on your race? We dig in more in this blog.

Race on the Path of Choral Conducting: The Wings of a Black Woman

An interview with Roberta Laws, internationally acclaimed soprano and conductor of the North Carolina Central University Choir.
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