Music Theatre & Related Vocal Studies (College)
Ohio native Shane Schag received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Ashland University of Ohio, and his Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2001, he received his Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed in recital both as soloist and ensemble performer throughout the United States and Europe, including a concerto performance with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He has won several awards and scholarships including the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Memorial Award, which was given to “a musician who demonstrated outstanding professionalism in collaborative piano.” He has worked in the capacity of vocal coach for Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival, and as an assistant conductor for the Gotham Chamber Opera. In 2007, Mr. Schag made his debut at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), and now he serves as staff pianist for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers concert series, which reaches out to public schools across the tri-state area, and the Lotte Lenya Competition in Rochester, New York. Also, he is the Music Director for the American Musical Theater Ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, and is on the faculty of Operaworks in Los Angeles.