Justin Taylor, keys
Allen Bernard Bunch, drums
John B. Hansboro, poet
And other special guests . . .
Shalanda Bond Hansboro plays many roles in life: perpetual learner and student, instructor, performer, recording artist, songwriter, wife, mother of two beautiful girls, daughter, friend. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Shalanda began her musical studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts as a clarinet major for two years. She then transferred to the vocal department and studied under the prestigious Bass- Baritone, Robert Cantrell. She graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued her vocal studies in Opera at The Juilliard School in New York City, earning a Bachelor's degree. She further honed her craft at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, obtaining a Master’s Degree in opera.
For the past two years, Shalanda has led as the Education Coordinator for Creative Alliance serving over 4,000 youth a year with arts education programs both in-school and out- of- school time. This role has been particularly rewarding for her as she was priviledged to help expand the afterschool program at her alma mater, Tench Tilghman Elementary Middle School.
Shalanda trained in classical music with a focus in opera with renowned voice teachers such as Cynthia Hoffman, Marlena Malas, Ruth Falcon, and the aforementioned prestigious Baritone Robert Cantrell. She has appeared in operas, recitals, and premiered various new compositions. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Peter Mennin Prize and the Leontyne Price award. She is also a Whitney Houston Scholar and a Rosa Ponselle bronze medalist.
Even though Opera is her first love, she recently discovered a true passion for Jazz, Inspirational music, and gospel. She appeared at Creative Alliance as a raw artist in October 2014 as well as on the Bobby Jones Show for a live recording with James Johnson and The Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. She is a member of True Deliverance Outreach Ministries' Praise Team and sings at numerous churches and events. On November 12, 2014 she released her first single “Unusual Favour.
Shalanda is inspired by teaching, learning, practicing, and rehearsing. She is thankful for every opportunity to inspire others with love, kindness, and her heartfelt joy in singing.
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID