Canadian clarinetist Shawn Earle is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Virginia, Lecture in Clarinet at Washington and Lee University, and is principal clarinetist of the Charlottesville Symphony. He performs regularly as a soloist and has been a chamber musician with the Albemarle Ensemble, Cascadia Reed Quintet, Vancouver Clarinet Trio, Trio Dolce, and guest artist with the Novo Ensemble. He also has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. In December 2015, Dr. Earle completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia examining contemporary Canadian clarinet music. Dr. Earle is dedicated to contemporary Canadian clarinet music, while also enjoying traditional repertoire. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University. Dr. Earle is committed to music eduction having been a high school band director, faculty at the University of Victoria, delivering numerous masterclasses, clarinet instructor at the El Sistema inspired Saint James Music Academy, and maintaining a private studio. Among his numerous accolades for performance and research, Dr. Earle has received grants from the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award.

I had a great time performing this passed weekend (April 13 and 14 2018) at Rice University’s Moody Center with the Ecosono Ensemble. On April 13 I was part of a free improv accompanied by glacier sounds, birds, and the wind blowing across the holes shrimp dig (very cool).  April 14 I performed Matthew Burtner’s Climate Change Opera Auksalaq. It’s great to be a part of socially conscious engaging art!

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I will be performing a concert of solo clarinet repertoire influenced by non-Western cultures which I have titled The Cross-Cultural Clarinet in February 2018. The concert will feature contemporary clarinet works influenced by East African Guitar, Japanese Shakuhachi, Balinese Gamelan, Pygmie Whistle Song, and more.

I have three concerts schedule:

The UVA Clarinet Ensemble, that I direct, will be performing November 4th at 8pm at the Bridge Progressive Arts Space. This concert will be shared with the UVA New Music Ensemble. The Clarinet Ensemble will perform works by Khachaturian and a world premier by the Clarinet Ensmble’s resident composer, Cameron Church’s Criticaster Discourse. Ensemble members include Keerthi Radhakrishnan, Samantha Townsend, Jacob Cunningham, Ben Phillips, Sarah Zhou, Zachary Thomas, Esther Xu, Austin Cheng, and composer Cameron Church.

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I will be performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622 with the Charlottesville Symphony September 23rd and 24th 2017. I’m thrilled to be performing this wonderful and important work!

My first encounter with this piece was at age 8 when I performed the second movement in the Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival. I’m really excited, many years later, to still have a relationship with this piece and to be able to play it with orchestra.

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