Shawn Crouch, Composer (b. 1977)
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" making the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel's 2005 Classical Music Standouts. Shawn has received awards and accolades from such prestigious institutions as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 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 among others; American Modern Ensemble, Cantori New York, California E.A.R. Unit, Chanticleer, Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Players, Del Sol String Quartet, the Esoterics, Eighth Blackbird, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Non Sequitur, newEar Contemporary Ensemble, Plexure Trio, Phoenix Chorale, Prism Quartet, Santa Fe Chorale, Seraphic Fire Chamber Choir and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, the Yesaroun' Duo, and Volti. Shawn has worked collaboratively with Miami based artist Kevin Arrow, dance choreographer Susan Dodge, and theater director Tina Packer and Shakespeare and Company.
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 Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gandolfi and Augusta Read Thomas. In 2006 he was a composer-in-residence at Arizona's Arcosanti New Music Festival. He has attended the Berklee College of Music and The Peabody Preparatory studying classical/jazz piano, composition and horn. Mr. Crouch received his B.Mus. in composition from the New England Conservatory with honors and distinction in performance, and his M.Mus. in composition from the Yale School of Music.
An educator as well as a composer, Shawn Crouch has served as the Founding Director of Seraphic Fire's Miami Choral Academy, a tuition-free program that creates a little league-type network of choral ensembles for children in underserved communities of Miami-Dade County. Shawn Crouch has also served on the music faculty at the Walden School for Young Musicians, and the Hunter College Campus School in New York City.
Recently Seraphic Fire recorded Shawn Crouch's Light of Common Day on their album "Reincarnations". Mr. Crouch's composition Lullaby from his Paradise is included on the recent album release of "The Best of Chanticleer" on Rhino Records. His Pie Jesu from The Road from Hiroshima can be found on Seraphic Fire's self titled album, "Seraphic Fire". Mr. Crouch's orchestral composition City Columns can be found on the Navona Records label performed by the Moravian Philharmonic. In addition Mr. Crouch's composition Suspended Contact has been recorded by the Yesaroun' Duo on their self-titled album. Future commercial releases include the complete recording of Paradise with the San Francisco based contemporary choral ensemble, Volti. Shawn Crouch's percussion music is published by Honey Rock Publication. Mr. Crouch currently serves on the Board of Directors for Chorus America. Shawn Crouch is a BMI composer.