Shelbie Wahl-Fouts

Shelbie Wahl-Fouts

Shelbie L. Wahl-Fouts is associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Hollins, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Talmadge Singers. She also teaches Sight-Singing, Conducting, Broadway History, and a first-year seminar. Invited frequently as conductor for All-County and All-District Choral Festivals, she also serves as an adjudicator for honor choir auditions and District Choral Assessments. Wahl-Fouts received her Doctor of Arts in choral conducting from Ball State University, with a secondary emphasis in music education. She holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from Butler University. Wahl-Fouts has written on women’s choral repertoire for the Choral Journal and in Conducting Women’s Choirs, and presented for national conferences of American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, and Sister Singers Network. Wahl-Fouts is the accompanist for the Roanoke Valley Children’s Chorus, and a member of the Virginia ACDA board of directors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Choral Repertoire for Women's Voices
  • Teaching Musical Literacy in the Choral Classroom
  • Incorporating Technology in the Conducting Classroom

Courses Taught

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Talmadge Singers
  • Introduction to Sight-Singing and Ear-Training
  • Sight-Singing and Ear-Training II
  • Conducting I
  • Conducting II
  • American Musical Theatre History
  • First Year Seminar: Women on Broadway


  • D.A., Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • M.M., Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
  • B.M.A., DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Publications & Articles

  • Wahl-Fouts, Shelbie L. "Musical Activism: Songs in Support of Social Justice." Lecture Recital. April 6, 2014
  • Wahl, Shelbie L. "Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success." Panelist. American Choral Directors Association [ACDA] National Conference, Dallas, TX. March 15, 2013
  • Wahl, Shelbie L. "Repertoire By Women, For Women." In Conducting Women's Choirs, edited by Debra Spurgeon, 145-166. Chicago: GIA Press, 2012


  • Invited Festival Conductor.

    VMEA: 2017 District II Senior High Women’s Chorus (Virginia Beach); 2016 District IX 9th/10th Grade Women’s Chorus (Woodbridge);  2015 District VII Middle School Treble Chorus (Bristol); 2013 District VI High School Treble Chorus (Danville).

    Local: 2016 Botetourt County Schools All-County High School Chorus; 2015 Danville All-City High School Mixed Chorus; 2015 Roanoke County All-County High School Mixed Chorus; 2012 Montgomery County Schools High School Mixed Chorus

  • Accompanist for the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, for regional and national conference performances (ACDA Southern Division 2014, ACDA National 2015)

Research Interests

  • Choral Repertoire for Women’s Voices
  • Teaching Musical Literacy in the Choral Classroom
  • Incorporating Technology in the Conducting Classroom