Will Shackelton currently teaches violin privately in Logan, Utah and maintains a busy performance schedule. Will received a Bachelors of Music Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009. He currently studies with Robert Waters of the Fry Street Quartet. Will also plays with the Utah Festival Opera, the Cache Civic Ballet Orchestra, Music Theater West, and the Glacier Symphony in Kalispell Montana.
Teaching the violin has always been a passion for Will, and while at Indiana he studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner, and received special permission from Ms. Zweig to take graduate level pedagogy along with his undergraduate coursework. He has worked as a teaching assistant at the Indiana University pre-college string program where he was directly supervised by William Harvey, Gwen Chan and Emily Nehus.
Will has been fortunate enough to play for Alex Kerr, Kevork Mardirossian, Miriam Fried, William Preucil, Milan Vitek, and Larry Shapiro among other prominent violinists and has played for conductors and orchestral coaches including David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Ronald Zollman, Uriel Segal and David Robertson. He worked extensively under the instruction of Cliff Colnot, playing eight concerts with him while at Indiana University. In addition to playing in college orchestras he has been a member of various professional festival orchestras. Will had the opportunity to play in the orchestra for Garrison Keillor’s popular national radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Will has played the violin since 1992, beginning when he was five and barely tolerable, once having accidentally smashed a rental violin. Since then he has become slightly less feral and much kinder to instruments. Growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, his early instruction through childhood was with various members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Before graduating high school and attending the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on full scholarship he had some opportunities to sub from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and appeared as a soloist. Principal teachers include Hiromi Ito, Henryk Kowalski, Michel Boris Zaitzeff and Federico Agostini. He has received chamber music coaching from Sharon Robinson, Yael Weiss, Mark Kaplan, Yuval Gotlibovitch, Reiko Neriki, Alan de Veritch and the late, wonderful Ik Hwan Bae.