For Dr. Shawn, music is his passion, which extends into his life as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, composer, singer, instrumentalist, and pianist. His conducting experience and abilities encompass choral, orchestral, and wind band literature, with a strong emphasis on interpretation of the music and a keen focus in bringing the music “alive” for his audiences.
Dr. Shawn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alaska; a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Calgary, Canada; and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Arizona.
For several years “Doc” combined his talent as a performer and a touring artist for the Artist in Schools Residency Program in Alberta and established a successful musical theatreprogram throughout Western Canada and Alaska. After several years of traveling, he began teaching as a music specialist for the Calgary Board of Education. During this period of time he was also the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Savridi Singers, Calgary’s Premier Women’s Choir, as well as a festival adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician for choirs and bands in and around Western Canada.
In 2006, he was offered a position to teach at the prestigious St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, Arizona. After seven years of teaching in the private sector, he transferred to the Tucson Unified School District for four years for the opportunity to teach the more under-privileged children in southwest Arizona.
After twenty-five years in the education field, “Doc”, retired from teaching and presently works as the Director of Music and Congregational Care at Desert Skies United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona. In June 2019, Dr. Shawn and his choir will be traveling to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall.