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Flower Leaves



Shannon Gaffney is an NYC based full lyric soprano and actress. Originally from New Fairfield, CT, her first performances included the school talent show and singing the National Anthem at local baseball games. She pursued her BFA in Musical Theatre at Manhattanville College, where she was awarded the Brian Lethbridge Award for Outstanding Vocal Achievement, and won First Prize in the Arlene Kaplan Music Competition. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Yellow Girl in SHOUT! The Mod Musical, and Kathy in Company. 

Shannon is a classically trained vocalist, and has appeared as a soloist for many choral works. Notable performances include Elijah (Hear Ye, Israel!), Carmina Burana (Stetit Puella), Poulenc's Gloria (Domine Deus, Agnus Dei), and selections from Suor Angelica, as Suor Angelica. Most recently, she made her Gilbert and Sullivan debut as Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Utopia Opera, which ran both in NYC and in Skytop, PA. She also performed in the chorus of Amore Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera this past spring.

Shannon is a proud member of the Opera Collective , a group that seeks to make opera accessible to the general public. You may spot her singing an aria at Port Authority, Penn Station, or Columbus Circle, among other NYC spots.

As an educator, Shannon served as the Music Director for Theatre Arts Studio in Croton Falls, New York for two years, where she was integral in numerous youth theatre productions. She also served as Co-Music Director of Manhattanville Sound, a collegiate a capella group, and was the founding Vice President of Broadway at Manhattanville, a musical theatre group producing full length musicals and cabarets. 

When Shannon is not performing or teaching, you can find her with a good book, as she also holds a BA in Creative Writing. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Robert O'Clair Prize for Poetry and the Sister Margaret Williams Prize for Literary Criticism. She has published poetry, literary criticism, and fiction in Graffiti Literary Magazine. 



I am a New York City based singer, actor, writer, voice teacher, dramaturg and director.

I hold a Master of Arts in Musical Dramaturgy and Performance from New York University, as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Creative Professional Writing from Manhattanville College.

I will go on to pursue my Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy this fall.

I am a classically trained full lyric soprano. Most recently, I made my Gilbert and Sullivan debut as Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Utopia Opera, which ran in both New York City and Skytop, Pennsylvania. I am a proud member of the Opera Collective, a group that seeks to make opera, operetta, art song, and musical theatre accessible to the general public. You may spot me singing an aria or some golden age theatre favorites at Penn Station, Port Authority, Herald Square, or Columbus Circle!

Some of my favorite theatrical roles include Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Yellow Girl in SHOUT! The Mod Musical, and Kathy in Company.


I formerly served as a Staff Writer for On Stage Blog. I also served as Proofreader/Typesetter for the second edition of Flop Musicals of the Twenty-First Century: How They Happened, When They Happened (and What We've Learned) by Stephen Purdy.

As an educator, I served as the Music Director of Theatre Arts Studio (now known as Musical Theatre KIDS!) in Croton Falls, New York, where I had the privilege to work on numerous youth theatre productions. I am passionate about helping young people find their voice, and I vehemently believe in the importance of arts education. 

When I’m not singing, acting, writing, or telling someone why Annie is underrated, I love reading, drinking fancy iced coffees, watching The Twilight Zone, and working on cosplay for New York Comic Con.





The Gallatin Theatre Troupe presents

Zombie Prom.

This spring, I made my directorial debut as the Artistic Director of the Gallatin Theatre Troupe with Zombie Prom.

Photo by Nora Albinus


When the Fat Lady Sings
debuted on May 9th at 8pm at the Gene Frankel Theatre.

"When the Fat Lady Sings" tells the tale of a 19th century prima donna who, by some error of time travel, finds herself in the world of 21st century musical theatre. Celebrated as a diva in Europe, she is shocked to find that the art of musical theatre (and the current industry of opera) has not readily embraced women with her body. Using the only way she knows how -- her voice -- she navigates this new terrain, searching for home within her passion for music and within her own body. The show's not over 'til she has found it.

Photo by Mary Felice




Performing Arts Education

The arts offer an incredible outlet for young people to nurture their creativity, build confidence, and improve academic performance. My services include:

  • Voice Lessons

  • Vocal Coaching

  • Audition Prep


Professional Singing Services

As a professional vocalist, I am trained in liturgical, operatic, musical theatre, pop, and jazz styles. My services are available for many events including:

  • Wedding Ceremonies

  • Parties

  • Corporate Events


Writing & Editing

As a Staff Writer for On Stage Blog, I wrote articles about the power of theatre in our communities. 

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