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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Shelbie Rassler is a globally recognized musician, whose work has been featured at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and The West End’s His Majesty Theater. She has composed new works, arrangements, and orchestrations for renowned performers and ensembles including Yo-Yo Ma, the New World Symphony Orchestra, Kris Bowers’ ARRAY x Juilliard, and the Broward Health Foundation. Her original concert pieces have won numerous competitions and earned her an American Academy of Arts and Letters Composer Award Nomination. Currently, Rassler serves as an Arranger for the Candlelight Concert Series (by Fever), with her arrangements heard live daily in over 100 cities worldwide, reaching millions of attendees. She has held composition residencies at pianoSonoma, University of Kansas, and University of Colorado Denver, where she arranged the institution’s new alma mater.

In her role as Music Director of the Vail Dance Festival (Artistic Director Damian Woetzel), Rassler collaborates with acclaimed dance companies such as Martha Graham, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet. She conducts performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and arranges many live works performed by Brooklyn Rider, alongside Composer-in-Residence Caroline Shaw and celebrated Guest Artists, such as Davòne Tines, Chris Thile, and Lil Buck. Rassler’s film scoring and mixed media creations have premiered at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Amazon Prime, and various film festivals, as well as in commercials, jingles, and podcasts reaching millions.

As a Music Producer for Seth Rudetsky and his hit show Stars in the House, Rassler frequently collaborates with Broadway stars to raise funds for various causes, including the Entertainment Community Fund, The Humane Society, Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Organization, and many more. After springing into action at the start of the tragic Coronavirus pandemic, millions of dollars have been raised through these efforts. In addition, Rassler worked on the Emmy-Nominated Celebrating America Concert at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

Rassler is a proud Juilliard Career Advancement Fellow, Boston Conservatory Presser Scholar, and recipient of the Robert Sherman Music Education and Community Outreach Award for her community service involvement. She is grateful for her mentorship from Pulitzer Prize Winner John Corigliano. Following her viral production of Burt Bacharach’s What the World Needs Now, Rassler was presented with a CBS Sunday Morning Award. Her touching music video was featured with discussions between Rassler and Bacharach on CNN’s “The Fourth in America” Primetime Special and alongside interviews with dozens of other global media outlets. Most recently, she served as Music Producer for Bring Them Home: A Broadway Prayer, produced by Seth Rudetsky, Debra Messing, and Schele Williams.

Past Performances