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 Florida 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 Associate Professor of Professional 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 and program director of the Experiential Music Curriculum. 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 professional ensembles and commercially released on major record labels. He recently released a collection of his chamber compositions titled Chaos Theory and Other Chamber Works on Acis Productions. 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, "Seraphic 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 is a BMI composer.