Gramophone Magazine calls Shawn Crouch a "gifted composer" and Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times describes Shawn
Crouch's work as music of "gnarling atonal energy". The Miami
Herald called his Road from Hiroshima; A Requiem a "staggering
achievement, an imaginative, powerful and deeply moving work." Recently
Crouch's Visions and Ecstasies, A Mass was named "Best New Work" by the South Flo
Classical Review. "Shawn has received awards from such institutions as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The
American Prize, ASCAP, BMI, Yale University, Society of Composers Inc., Meet
the Composer and the Percussive Arts Society. He is the inaugural recipient of
the Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by
Chorus America and the American Composers Forum. Shawn Crouch, composer, has
had his works performed and commissioned by ensembles in the United States,
Canada and Europe including the Cleveland Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, Blow,
Cantori New York, California E.A.R. Unit,
Chanticleer, Del Sol String Quartet, the Esoterics,
Eighth Blackbird, the Lunar Ensemble, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Non
Sequitur, newEar Contemporary Ensemble, Plexure Trio, Phoenix Chorale, Prism Quartet, San Francisco
Choral Artists, Santa Fe Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Yesaroun'
Duo, and Volti.
Shawn Crouch has studied composition with Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Lansing
McCloskey and Malcolm Peyton and conducting with Marguerite Brooks and Leo Wanenchak. He has been the Wallace-Readers Digest
Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center as well as a composition
fellow at the Norfolk Music Festival where he studied with Michael Gandolfi and Augusta Read Thomas. He has served as
Composer-In-Residence with the San Francisco Choral Artists and at Arizona'
s Arcosanti New Music Festival. Shawn received his B.Mus. in
composition from the New England Conservatory with honors and distinction in
performance, his M.Mus. in composition from the Yale
School of Music, and his D.M.A. in composition from the Frost School of Music
at the University of Miami.
Shawn Crouch is currently Assistant Professor of Practice of
Composition and Theory at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music where
he is artistic director of the Ensemble Ibis New Music Ensemble. Dr. Crouch has
served as the Founding Director of Seraphic Fire's Miami Choral Academy,
tuition-free program that creates a little league-type network of choral
ensembles for children in underserved communities of Miami-Dade County and has served
on the music faculty at the Walden School for Young Musicians, and the Hunter
College Campus School in New York City.
Shawn Crouch's music has been recorded by many profession
ensembles and commercially released on major record labels. The San Francisco
based new music ensemble Volti recorded his Paradise,
a motet for 12 voices, for their "This Is What Happened"
album. His Light of Common Day is recorded by Seraphic Fire on their album
"Reincarnations," his composition Lullaby from his Paradise
included on the recent album release of "The Best of Chanticleer" on Warner
Records. His Pie Jesu from The
Road from Hiroshima can be found on Seraphic Fire's self titled album, "Seraphi
Fire". Dr. Crouch's instrumental compositions City Columns and Adolescent Psychology can be found on Navona Records. In addition Dr. Crouch's composition Suspended
Contact has been recorded by the Yesaroun' Duo on
their self-titled album. Shawn Crouch's music is published by G. Schirmer, Mark Foster and HoneyRock
Publishing. Dr. Crouch proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Chorus
America and is a BMI composer.