Adjunct Faculty Cedar Valley CollegeCourses: Applied Voice, Sight Singing and Ear Training
Dr. M. Shane Hurst earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, New York; master’s degrees in both vocal performance and composition from Southern Methodist University; and a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of North Texas. He has taught at Cedar Valley College and Dallas Baptist University since 2001. He has taught courses in Vocal Performance, Aural Skills, Music History, Counterpoint, Composition, Class Piano, Introduction to the Fine Arts, Music Appreciation and Class Voice.
Dr. Hurst leads an active theatrical career as actor, vocalist, director, music director and composer, having contributed to more than 100 productions of musicals, plays, operas, operettas and staged readings, as well as concert appearances in both classical and commercial venues. Two of his productions, Steven Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Maury Yeston's Titanic, both with Lyric Stage, received the prestigious Rabin Award for Best Musical from the Dallas Theatre League.
Other musical theater roles include Kodaly in She Loves Me, produced by Stolen Shakespeare Guild (SSG); Bazzard in SSG’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Thenardier in Cedar Valley’s own Family Music Theatre production of Les Miserables, and Martin/Forsythe in Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s world premiere of Death: The Musical. He has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Mr. Elton in Emma and Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, both produced by SSG; one critic wrote that his performance was “especially Austenesque.”
As a director, Dr. Hurst has been fortunate to head a great variety of projects. Among the plays he has directed are Master Class, Proof and Oleanna; musicals include Follies in Concert, Gypsy and Once Upon a Mattress. He has also served as stage director for operas including The Magic Flute and La Serva Padrona.
Dr. Hurst is in demand as a musical director in the D/FW area. He has served as musical director for Theatre Frisco’s The Last Five Years; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; and Evita. His music direction for Onstage Bedford’s Jekyll & Hyde received both audience and critical claim, earning him a nomination for best musical direction in the 2017 Column Awards. He also served as musical director for Onstage Bedford’s Tarrant County premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Education and theater being two large parts of Dr. Hurst’s calling, it is not surprising he has been active in several theater camps designed to introduce children and teens to the world of live performance. He has served as instructor, music director and pianist for theater camps offered by WaterTower Theatre, Camp Broadway Dallas, Teatro delle Muse, Rover Dramawerks and NM Productions.
Dr. Hurst is music minister at Chapel in the Woods Bible Church, where he serves as contemporary worship band leader, teacher, preacher and elder.