Originally from Northern California, Shelby began playing violin at the age of 6 after watching a fellow classmate play during a school assembly. She has travelled around both NZ and USA attending music camps and having lessons from international teachers. While living in California at the age of 16 she was selected to play first violin in the local professional orchestra (Eureka symphony) and the Humboldt State University orchestra. She returned to New Zealand in 2010 to study at Waikato University where she completed her bachelor in musical performance. During this time, Shelby played with the New Zealand Youth Orchestra 2013/14 season and is still currently playing with Opus orchestra. She now spends her time teaching out of her studio at Mount Maunganui.