His performances have been called:
Superb | Exceptional | Excellent | Inspiring | Remarkable | Promising
Stellar | Award-Winning | Substantial | Orgasmic | Powerful
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As a Music Director and Conductor, Shawn Storer is known for his dynamic and inspiring leadership on and off the podium. His interpretations and performances have been called everything from “substantial” to “memorable” and “stellar” to “orgasmic”. He has been praised by musicians, boards, and audiences alike for his versatility in working with musicians of all levels, always soliciting the highest level of artistry. He has served as Music Director of the Washington Savoyards, the Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland, the Charles Street Chamber Players and the Tantalus Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Richmond Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Prince George’s Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Assistant and Cover Conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra on multiple occasions.
Hailed as a “hip, young, upcoming talent” by the Towson Times, he has guest conducted the Washington Savoyards (DC), the Prince George’s Philharmonic, (MD), the Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland (MD), the Forgotten Opera Company (DC), the Symphony Orchestras of Lafayette (IN), Londontowne (MD), the Catholic University of America (DC), Southern Methodist University (TX), and the Peabody Conservatory (MD), the Wind Ensembles of SMU and Peabody, and the CUA Opera Theatre. Equally at home in orchestral, operatic, contemporary and musical theatre genres, he has been Music Director for productions of Iolanthe, the Magic Flute, Man of la Mancha, the Merry Widow, the Mikado, Naughty Marietta, the Old Maid and the Thief and Tartuffe, among others. He was also chosen as one of twenty-four conductors from around the world to participate in the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Shawn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from the Catholic University of America, a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the 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. Described as an engaging public speaker, Shawn has participated in numerous pre-concert discussions, television, and radio interviews, and has been a frequent guest on WBJC 91.5 FM Baltimore’s Classical Station and CNN Headline News. His principal conducting mentors include Gustav Meier and David Zinman. He has also studied with Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, Donald Thulean, James Conlon, Kate Tamarkin, Markand Thakar, and Jonathan Sternberg.
While remaining firmly rooted in classical traditions and styles, he is an advocate of performing new music by living composers, having commissioned and performed music by some of America’s most promising young talents. In addition, he conducted the world premiere of his own work, Dolorous Abyss: Reflections on Dante’s Inferno. His performance of Libby Larsen’s Ring of Fire with the Peabody Concert Orchestra prompted the composer to write, “Mr. Storer’s performance was stellar. The orchestra was crisp and clean, executing the rhythm with precision, and the textures were brilliantly balanced.” As an avid collaborator with other arts mediums and organizations, he has conducted for numerous special events including the opening dedication of Peabody Conservatory’s Griswold Hall, the presentation of Nectar and Ambrosia: an Evening of Music and Art with the Tantalus Chamber Orchestra and headed a collaborative project between the BCO and the Maryland Film Festival.
A firm believer in the importance of Music Education for all ages, Shawn taught Basic Conducting and Advanced Instrumental Conducting at Catholic University and served as Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Concert Orchestra for five seasons. His course, Behind the Scenes at the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, offered through Johns Hopkins University Odyssey received outstanding reviews. Dedicated to the community in which he lives, he served on City Council Arts Advisory Boards and Artistic Policy Committees. As a trombonist, he has performed in such world-renowned venues as the Meyerson Symphony Center, the John F. Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.