Adrienne Shields currently serves as the Music Director of the Mid-Columbia Youth Symphony and the Assistant Conductor of the Mid-Columbia Symphony. She is also the Music Director for the Ellensburg High School Winter Musical and a recurring Music Director for Valley Musical Theatre. Shields has previously served as Assistant Conductor for Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor for Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor for Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Opera Production, and Guest Conductor for the Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra.
An advocate for arts education, Shields has coordinated annual orchestra festivals for high school students at Central Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University. She has been invited as a guest clinician by Ellensburg School District, Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Faith Bible High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. She has also served as a judge for the Harp division of the WIAA/WMEA Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest and the YYSO Concerto competition.
Shields remains active as a performing musician. As a harpist, she has played with several ensembles including Olympia Symphony, Tacoma Concert Band, and Tacoma Opera. She has most recently played for Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and CWU Symphony Orchestra. Last year, Shields joined CWU Wind Ensemble to record the music of Alan Hovahness for Naxos Music Library. Shields works frequently as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist in central Washington state. She has worked with the Suzuki Association of Washington State as an accompanist at their annual festival at CWU and she collaborates frequently with the CWU voice department as a pianist and répétiteur. Shields is an enthusiast for opera repertoire and is an active opera coach. Her most recent credits include CWU’s production of Die Fledermaus and Gianni Schicchi and Valley Musical Theatre’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Shields holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Harp from Pacific Lutheran University. Her primary teachers have been Dr. Nikolas Caoile, Dr. Edwin Powell, and Dr. Jeffery Bell-Hanson. A native of Forest Grove, Oregon, Adrienne Shields currently resides in Ellensburg, Washington with her husband, Brandon Shields. Shields also enjoys reading books, watching films, and sipping a good cup of coffee.