Shawn, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, has been playing the violin since the age of ten. He comes from a musical family. Shawn was the winner of the MENC all-USA High School Musicians’ Competition and also has many scholarships to his credit: Sewanee Music Festival, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, and the Dean’s Talent Award at Oberlin, where he studied with Marilyn McDonald. In his time at Oberlin, Shawn played in master classes for renowned artists like Anner Bylsma, Jennifer Koh, and Rachel Barton Pine. Through his playing Shawn has participated in chamber music and symphonic tours on four continents. He has had the opportunity to concertize in venues such as Carnegie Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert hall.
An avid chamber musician, Shawn has worked with artists such as Leonard Matczyznski, Miles Hoffman of the American Chamber Players, and Andras Fejer, of the Takacs Quartet. He plays on a violin by Gary Rickman, on generous loan from Neil Rickman and the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.
Shawn loves to explore not only alternative musical genres, such as rock, jazz, hip-hop and R&B, but also other art forms such as poetry, photography, and musical arranging. He loves working with students of all ages and backgrounds and relishes the opportunity to meet and connect with people!