Illinois native, Grace Shanks, received her bachelor's degree of music in vocal performance from Northern Illinois University in the Spring of 2014. Her study included private lessons with Professor Orna Arania and choral ensembles with Dr. Eric Johnson and Dr. Lucia Matos. She has experience in many styles of music including Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Big Band. She also has studied German, French, and Italian during her time at NIU. Having taught several students, she focuses on technique, diction, and expression, but also solo and ensemble contest preparation. When she's not busy practicing, performing, or teaching, she can be found swing dancing and visiting her family's dairy farm.