This summer I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time with my wife, Joanie and our furry children while working on some home renovation projects that get “pushed aside for a better time” during the academic year. Along with having more time with my family, I usually spend the summertime reading more and just enjoying a non-rushed cup of coffee in the morning while lazily reading one of my many historical fiction books that pile up over the year. When I’m not reading or tinkering around at my workbench, I spend more time playing the tenor drum with my pipe band, Tucson and District Pipe Band. The summer brings several piping competitions and Celtic games to attend, so I’ll be traveling to some of the nearby games. Lastly, I will take some much needed time in July to visit my parents in Calgary and reconnect with some old friends.
I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to rest, renew, and plan for some of the events that will begin again in the fall of the year. So this summer I will feed my soul with family, friends, projects, and books and look forward furthering and deepening my relationship with God and His Word.
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.