Praised for this "skill and verve" (New York Times), Jerome Shannon celebrates 25 seasons as a professional operatic pianist, coach and conductor. During these two and one-half decades, Maestro Shannon has held leadership positions with Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston (Artistic Administrator, Assistant Conductor, Conductor), Virginia Opera (Artistic Administrator, Associate Artistic Director, Conductor), Pensacola Opera (Music Director & Principal Conductor), and Mobile Opera (General & Artistic Director, Principal Conductor). In addition, Jerome Shannon has enjoyed successful and repeated engagements as guest conductor with Washington National Opera, Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, San Antonio Opera, Shreveport Opera, Anchorage Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Roanoke, Lake George Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Ash Lawn-Highland Festival.
Mr. Shannon has conducted nearly 500 performances of over 50 operatic and musical theater titles encompassing the traditional repertoire operas of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini with works by Sondheim, Gilbert & Sullivan, and the contemporary operas of Robert, Ward, Mark Adamo, and Jake Heggie. Maestro Shannon's performed operatic repertoire list includes such titles as le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberfloete, il barbiere di Siviglia, L'elisir d'amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, Trovatore, La Traviata, Aida, Verdi's Requiem, Fledermaus, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, i Pagliacci, la Boheme, Andrea Chenier, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Porgy & Bess, Carmina Burana, Street Scene, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Tender Land, The Crucible, Dead Man Walking, and Little Women.
During the 2012/2013 season Maestro Shannon conducts productions of Sweeney Todd, Barbiere di Siviglia and Tosca for Pensacola Opera, Pagliacci and Rigoletto for Shreveport Opera, and makes his debut as the newly-named Conductor of the Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera Company leading productions of La Tragedie de Carmen, The Merry Widow and Falstaff. During the 2011/2012 season Maestro Shannon conducted productions of The Merry Widow and Madama Butterfly for Shreveport Opera, Madama Butterfly for Pensacola Opera, and made his Tulsa Opera debut with Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. Highlights of Jerome Shannon's most recent seasons include productions of Andrea Chenier for Nashville Opera, Porgy & Bess for Fresno Grand Opera, Tosca for San Antonio Opera and Shreveport Opera, La Boheme for Lake George Opera, The Crucible for Chautauqua Opera, and Little Women and Turandot for Pensacola Opera.
An active vocal coach and pianist, Jerome Shannon has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, numerous regional opera voice competitions, an On-Site Evaluator and Reporter for the National Endowment for the Art and is the recipient of OPERA America's BRAVO Service award for dynamic leadership in the industry. Jerome Shannon is a graduate of the College of Creative Arts of West Virginia University where he was a scholarship student of Metropolitan Opera soprano Frances Yeend and her husband, coach/pianist James Benner.