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Marilyn Shadinger

Marilyn ShadingerMarilyn Shadinger is a music educator, music minister, and choral conductor.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, with a piano emphasis , and a Masters of Music in choral conducting from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.  She has completed two levels of Orff-Schulwerk training and one level of Kodaly methodology. Mrs. Shadinger has taught music or been in school administration in both private and public schools in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee,  K-12 for a total of 31 years. She was named Teacher of the Year for Williamson County Schools in 1997. The final ten years of her teaching career were spent as an assistant principal at Trinity Elementary School, Franklin, Tennessee.

She is the founder of The Nashville Children’s Choir, an auditioned choir serving children from Nashville and surrounding counties.  Beginning with 30 children in 1989, it has grown to 4 choirs serving over 175 singers ages 8-18. The Nashville Children’s Choir is a part of Belmont Academy, an organization providing pre-college music lessons to children of all ages. She retired from the position of director in 2007 and has been named Director Emerita.

She has served on the board of Middle Tennessee Chorister’s Guild as well as served as clinician for numerous children’s and youth choir festivals in both secular and church settings.  She serves as Associate Minister of Music at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, directing children’s choirs, handbell choirs, and assists in worship planning.

She is the wife of Dr. Richard Shadinger, long time professor of music history at Belmont and has two children.  Sylvia Shadinger Bridges is on the faculty at Mercer University as professor of chemistry, and James Shadinger is a division director at Broadcast Music Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee.  She delights in her four grandchildren, Wilson and Henry Bridges, and Elise and Cade Shadinger.