Dr. Alexander “Doc” Shawn, D.M.A. joined Desert Skies United Methodist Church in January 2016 with extensive experience in choral, orchestra, and band conducting. Doc previously lived in Calgary, Canada, teaching/conducting choirs and band for the Calgary Board of Education, as well as conducting a number of community choral groups and bands. After receiving his doctorate in Conducting from the University of Arizona in 2006, he was offered a teaching position at St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, and has just recently retired from teaching for the Tucson Unified School District.
Upon joining the staff at Desert Skies, Doc is doing what he loves the most: reaching out and connecting with people and creating music that expresses what words cannot. In his words, “Music has the ability to be the bridge that speaks to the hearts and souls of everyone who listens”. He looks forward to keeping the music program at Desert Skies a strong and vital part of worshipping God and reaching out to the community through the gift of music.
Since moving to the United States, he and his wife, Joanie, have settled down to a happy and peaceful life with their dog, Sir Bailey, and two cats, MacKenzie King and Sammy Blue.