Janene Sheldon

Faculty/Staff profile

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
(402) 465-2283
Rogers Fine Arts 101

A Midwest native, Dr. Janene Sheldon is a vocalist, pianist, conductor, composer, and dancer/choreographer. She has appeared on stage with the Young Americans as a dancer/vocalist in Jesus Christ Superstar, and has performed the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Carrie in Carousel, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, and numerous others. Dr. Sheldon has appeared as a soloist with the Lincoln, NE Baroque Folk, the Nebraska-Minnesota Youth Chorale European Tour and has both soloed in and conducted portions of Handel’s Messiah with orchestra. Her principal voice instructors include Donna Harler-Smith, Annabell Zikmund, Janet Funderburk and Carl Easterbrook. Dr. Sheldon promotes and encourages performances of new music, having premiered composer Randall Snyder’s Winter Songs in 2002, and enjoys performing classical music as well as musical theatre.

Dr. Sheldon joined the Nebraska Wesleyan faculty in 2004, and currently teaches Applied Voice, Women’s Choir, Singer’s Diction, Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Music Education for Elementary Teachers, and the High School Solo Singer's Workshop. She has also taught Chamber Singers and Musicianship III. Dr. Sheldon also taught at Concordia University in Seward, NE from 1995-2007, teaching Applied Voice, Diction, and Sight-Singing/Ear Training, and providing musical direction for productions of Into the Woods and Down in the Valley. She has been Music and Worship Director for St. Mark’s United Methodist and Grace United Methodist churches in Lincoln, and has done music direction, pit conducting, and accompanying for The Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl, and the Lincoln Boys Choir.

Dr. Sheldon is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Sigma Alpha Iota, and past member of MTNA/NMTA, ACDA and MENC/NMEA. Dr. Sheldon’s voice students have won their categories at Nebraska State NATS and West Central Regional NATS competitions. Dr. Sheldon has served as adjudicator, clinician, and choreographer throughout Nebraska, and was a Board of Trustees Scholar at UNK, Regents Scholar, Graduate Assistant, and recipient of the Ida M.Vreeland Award for Composition at UNL, and has presented for the NATS Vocal Pedagogy Workshop. Sheldon has composed several song cycles, a woodwind quintet, pieces for solo piano, a few small choral works, and is currently working on her first opera.


BA Music Education Kearney State College (now UNK)
Master of Music University of Nebraska Lincoln
Doctor of Musical Arts University of Nebraska Lincoln

Courses taught: 

Applied Voice
Women’s Choir
Singer’s Diction
Vocal Literature
Vocal Pedagogy
Music Education for Elementary Teachers
Applied Piano
Chamber Singers
Musicianship III

Research and academic interests: 

New music
Vocal Pedagogy
Speech-Language Pathology

Service interests: 

Nebraska Library Commission Talking Books and Braille Service volunteer narrator
St. Paul United Methodist Church: choir, USPS Food Drive, Center for People in Need, Feed the Hungry meal preparation
Matt Talbot food kitchen

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Pi Kappa Lambda Music Scholars Honorary
The National Association of Teachers of Singing
Music Teachers National Association/Nebraska Music Teachers Association
American Choral Directors Association/Nebraska Choral Directors Association
National Association for Music Educators/Nebraska Music Educators Association
Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity
Board of Trustees Scholar, UNK
Graduate Assistant Opera, Theory, Voice, Accompanying, UNL
Ida M. Vreeland Award, composition, UNL
St. Paul United Methodist Church Scholarship Singer
Twice nominated for the UMC Excellence in Teaching award
Recognized as a "Notable Woman" of NWU