shawn holds his:

  • Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Catholic University of America,
  • Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University,
  • Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University,
  • and furthered his training as an inaugural member of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

shawn additionally maintains his:

  • Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional certification,
  • Hogan Assessments certification (HPI, HDS, & MVPI),
  • and Predictive Index Certified Analyst certification.

shawn has also been recognized with the following:

  • Named as one of the Top 50 Leaders in Learning & Development, Americas,
  • Chaired the inaugural L&D Influencers Forum in London, UK,
  • Represented the United States as one of only a few American conductors invited to participate in the Vakhtang Jordania international conducting competition in Kharkov, Ukraine,
  • Received the Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship Award & Scholarship in both Trombone and Conducting,
  • Awarded Blue Ribbon/First-Place Ribbon for his oil painting, “hindsight” in a juried exhibition presented by the TVAA,
  • Appeared as a frequent guest on CNN Headline News, WBJC Baltimore’s classical music radio station, and KAJX – Aspen radio,
  • Curated and judged art exhibitions for the Texas Visual Arts Association Downtown Dallas Gallery and the Gainesville Area Visual Arts Association,
  • Featured as a front-page article/artist in the Reston Connection’s “Gifts from the heART” special holiday and entertainment guide publication,
  • Named as one of Baltimore’s Hottest Singles by Baltimore Magazine,
  • Selected as the Ring of Excellence, Spirit of Simplexity Award honoree,
  • Invited to compete in the Dallas Art Battle live painting competition,
  • Interviewed on the Podcast, “Life in the Leadership Lane” about culture, values, and human resources,
  • Recognized as Student of the Year by the SMU Mustang Band,
  • Selected as Principal Trombone of the Texas All-State Band by the Texas Music Educators Association,
  • Received of the John Philip Sousa Award from Allen High School,
  • Selected as the Outstanding Member of the Jazz Band from the West Texas State University Summer Music Festival,
  • and awarded with multiple First-Place and Superior Achievement Awards from the Plano and Dallas Music Teachers Association.

As a volunteer and member, shawn has served as:

  • Board Member, the Greenbelt Arts Advisory Committee,
  • Board Member, the Texas Visual Art Association’s Downtown Gallery,
  • Ex-Officio Member, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors,
  • Ex-Officio Member, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Music Director Search Committee,
  • Board Member, the DallasHR Board of Directors,
  • Committee Member, Collin County HR Committee,
  • Member-At-Large, DallasHR,
  • Member, SMU CHRO Roundtable,
  • and Panel Member, the Society for Human Resources Management Voice of Work Committee.

A believer in common vernacular and predictive assessments, shawn is a:

  • Clifton Strengths Finder: Futuristic, Strategic, Positivity, Activator, and Input,
  • Predictive Index: Six Sigma Maverick, (people oriented, quick to connect, proactive, informal, with a corporate hook),
  • Hogan Assessment: 100th percentile Sociability, Colorful, Imaginative, and Aesthetics (with high Inquisitive, Interpersonal Sensitivity, Ambition, Adjustment, Science, Recognition, and Power) gaining him clusters of leading, creating, and competing,
  • AuctusIQ Sales Evaluation: Top Networker, Advisor, Individualizer, Team, Resourcefulness, Learning Agility, Focus, and Confidence,
  • and his Lumina Splash suggests he is lively and engaging, giving a strong first impression, and is Extroverted, Outcome Focused, and a Big Picture Thinker.
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