School of Music


Dr. Penelope Shumate Shumate1

Office Location: 122 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Assistant Professor, Music in Voice

Dr. Shumate joins the music faculty, this fall 2014, as Assistant Professor of Music in Voice. The New York Times has described her singing with having “bell-like clarity and surpassing sweetness.” Her recent engagements include her debut and return appearances in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she has also appeared in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Dr. Shumate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal Performance from Radford University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Louisiana State University.

She has appeared with opera companies and orchestras across America including Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Roanoke, Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Baltimore Opera, Jacksonville Lyric Opera, Concert Opera Philadelphia, Duluth Festival Opera, Opera on the James, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Choral Festival, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Canterbury Choral Society, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Kennett Symphony Orchestra, MidAmerica Productions, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Drexel University Chorus and Orchestra, Lynchburg College Choral Union and Orchestra, Luzerne Music Festival, and Rockwell Productions, among others.

She is an award winner with the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition, MacAllister Awards, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Vocal Competition, Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, Kennett Symphony Orchestra Vocal Competition, and the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition, among others.

WIU Music Faculty members, Dr. Penelope Shumate, Dr. Liang-yu Wang, and Professor Eric Ginsberg, perform the finale from Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen.

Dr. Penelope Shumate and Associate Professor of Piano, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, perform Spring from Six Elizabethan Songs by Argento.

Dr. Penelope Shumate and Associate Professor of Piano, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, perform Le tombeau des Naïades from Chansons de Bilitis by Debussy