Nursing Homes Swing!

Bringing live music to local nursing homes

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Katherine Shaver


Katherine Brown Shaver is an accomplished vocalist specializing in music taken from The Great American Songbook and beyond. This can include jazz standards, swing, blues, R&B, rock and roll, and country music. She earned an undergraduate degree from VCU with concentrations in applied voice, choral music, applied piano and children’s theater, and she then pursued graduate studies in Music Therapy and Educational Psychology. Katherine has performed in a wide variety of ensembles including the highly selective Madrigals and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

She has performed with many of the area’s top jazz musicians including Hod O’Brien, Bob Hallahan, Doug Richards, Vince Lewis, Victor Dvoskin, Bob Bowen, Lew Morrison, Bert Carlson, Stephanie Nakasian, Michael Elswick, Dwight Spencer, Mac Walter, Bill Edmonds, Jon Spear, Trevor Williams, Marlon Foster, Jim Howe, David Drubin and John Jensen. 

Katherine has been described as “sharing her joy of music and dance with a heartfelt and energetic connection” and is a favorite of audiences wherever she performs.  (Occasionally, she is even known to pick up a guitar!)

When not singing, she enjoys riding and showing horses, playing tennis, snow skiing, playing guitar, hiking, dancing, spending time with family and dear friends, and supporting, listening to, and enjoying other musicians.

Katherine has been performing for Nursing Homes Swing since 2013 and says "it has truly been a blessing to be a member of the NHS family. As musicians, we get to play and jam with a variety of folks while offering what we have to share and give back to the community.  Seeing the 'lights come on' out there in the faces of the residents is such a gift... it illuminates us all!" Her next NHS performance will be at Cville Health & Rehab on July 23rd with recently featured performer David Drubin on drums, Bob Bowen on bass, and Dwight Spencer on guitar. 

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Bringing live music to local nursing homes