Shanelle Valerie Woods—a longtime advocate of arts education and a professional artist—is YPC’s Education Coordinator. In this position Shanelle oversees YPC’s College Bound program, which supports YPC seniors as they prepare to transition to higher education. She coordinates SAT/ACT tutoring; develops and schedules college prep workshops; and is a liaison between the choristers and community partners. Shanelle arrived at YPC directly from the opera stage, where she made her role debut as Carmen in the Bizet opera. Other professional credits include roles in The Crucible, Hair, Porgy and Bess, and The Judge in the world premiere of the hip-hop opera, Stomping Grounds, commissioned and presented by Glimmerglass Opera. Shanelle graduated from Charleston Southern University and holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Florida. While serving as adjunct professor of voice at both Charleston Southern University and Claflin University, she maintained a private voice studio at FAME Performing Arts in South Carolina, and at YPC continues that role as a voice coach in the Matisse Fellows program.