Michael Shelton2nd Violin

Michael Shelton

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival: 



Tulsa, Oklahoma

Where you live now:

Stevensville, Michigan

Where did you study: 

Indiana University

What do you love most about your instrument? 

The violin has an amazing range of sounds, with a virtually unlimited repertoire.

What would you be if you were not a musician? 

Naturalist, studying birds

Who would you love to work with in a future musical collaboration (conductors, guest artists) who you have not previously worked with? 

Osmo Vanska

Can you share any memorable stories about your experience with the Grant Park Music Festival? 

I’ll never forget the Night of the Living Bugs, when the second half of a concert at Petrillo had to be canceled. There were bugs everywhere, crawling all over the piano, the walls, and the stage.

What’s on your playlist at the moment? 

Whatever is on the radio—I’m not that fussy.

Any hobbies? 

Bird watching, photography, being outdoors.