Shoshana Yavneh Shattenkirk (Shoshi) is an interdisciplinary composer, singer-songwriter, and pianist based in New York City, with roots in New Orleans, Tampa, FL, Michigan, and Northern California.
A former stock analyst, her music has been performed at venues including Lincoln Center, The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, The Dramatists Guild Foundation, Musical Theatre Factory, The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, The US Mint, The University of South Florida, Maison in New Orleans, The St Cecilia Music Society, Loyola University New Orleans, Times Square, the Dallas Symphony's Myerson Hall, The Ferguson Center for the Arts, and others.
Born into a family of creatives, she studied piano from age 4, as well as harp, viola, and steel drums as a child. Her father is the composer Ray Shattenkirk. Her first musical composition, written at age 6, placed in the Florida Reflections Competition. By age 10, she had given hundreds of recitals and placed in or won several concerto competitions. She had also danced with several renowned ballet companies including Miami City Ballet and Moscow Ballet.
Shoshana attended Interlochen Arts Camp for classical piano (won division wide piano award), dance, voice, and theatre.
She performed in musicals from age 4 throughout high school, and sang in choirs from age 4 through college. She is also an accomplished collaborative pianist and was a pianist for the Loyola Ballet throughout college. She is still an active dancer and has also choreographed.
Shoshana draws inspiration and insights from her interests and accomplishments outside of the performing arts to fuel her creative work.
Shoshana majored in languages and cultures in undergrad at Loyola University New Orleans, with a concentration in Latin American Studies, and a minor in music (piano performance and music composition). She took courses in international business as well. She served as treasurer, pianist, and social chair for the Theta Psi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the women's music fraternity. She was also the Vice President of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic Honors Society. Her senior capstone project explored the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim. She spent a summer in Northern Ireland studying the Protestant-Catholic conflict, and she also spent a summer in Peru volunteering at the Hogar Fransisco De Asis. She has been an Au Pair in both Spain and Germany, and she has also interned at Mount Sinai, The Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute, and Moffitt Cancer Research Center.
She attended Columbia University's Postbaccalaureate Premedical program and then worked on Wall Street, first as a medical and life sciences stock analyst, and then in investor relations for a firm specializing in both medical/life sciences companies and Latin American companies. Though she hoped to be able to write music on the side, she knew ultimately that she would have to make a choice, and decided she was ready to become a full time creative in late 2017.
Since turning to her professional creative roots, she has been commissioned to write for musical theatre, classical, commercial, and liturgical projects. She is in the advanced BMI Lehman Engel workshop, a program widely regarded as the the premier training ground for Musical Theatre songwriters.
Shoshana is also grateful to serve on the Young Alumni Board of Loyola University New Orleans.