Hailed by the Albany Times Union as, “Especially impressive.... even while delivering some swooping and percussive vocal affects,” soprano Delea Shand is dedicated to performing and promoting new music.
November 2014 marked the release of There Was A Child Went Forth: Songs of Nils Vigeland, which is available on CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes! Funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign, the CD is a collection of 19 unpublished songs with texts by Whitman, Thoreau, Joyce, Milosz, Clough, Hopkins, Yeats, Keats and Dickenson, as well as five Shaker songs.
She has collaborated, curated, and performed with: Opera on Tap, Tactus, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Color Field Ensemble, as well as Manhattan School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. She also produces Opera on Tap’s contemporary music ensemble, New Brew. Recently, she performed at the Issue Project Room as part of the Philip Glass: Music with Friends series, in addition to making her debut with Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, at their John Cage Centennial concert series. Always thrilled to premiere new works, Delea is delighted to be a soloist with Opera America's Songbook Series. In New York, she performed regularly at new music venues and concert series around the city, including: OPERAtion Brooklyn/Opera Grows in Brooklyn at Galapagos Art Space; The Phoenix Concerts at St Matthew’s Church; BEAT Fest (Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theatre); John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery; Contagious Sounds at the Gershwin Hotel; Composer’s Voice at Jan Hus Church; Issue Project Room; Symphony Space (Thalia); Webster Hall; Cornelia Street; The Tank; and Barbes. She is a proud Banglewood alum, having been a fellow at the Bang on a Can summer festival at MassMoCA.
A dedicated music educator, Delea was a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Urban Voices Choral Initiate. Additionally, she developed the curriculum for two children's music programs through the volunteer organization, New York Cares, where she taught at an after-school program in Manhattan, and a homeless shelter in the Bronx. She holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Lucy Shelton. She also holds a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Music from the University of Manitoba; a Post Graduate Diploma from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary. Having lived in Calgary, London, Winnipeg, and New York City, Delea is back in London again, with her husband Gus and their two children.