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’m really excited to perform the Mozart Requiem with the Virginia Consort March, 5 2017 at 3:30pm in Old a Cabell Hall. 

I love love love this piece so much. Did I mention I love this piece. Sadly I won’t be playing basset horn but the clarinet part is still lovely. If you don’t know the Mozart Requiem (shame on you 😉) you can listen below. 

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be performing a concert of contemporary Canadian clarinet works as part of the UVA Chamber Music Series. With the generous support of the UVA Faculty of Arts and Sciences, I will be joined by my colleague with whom I have collaborated with numerous times, pianist Rory Cowal. The concert will be held February, 26 2017 at 3:30 in Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of UVA. This will be an exciting program of diverse Canadian music. For more details and tickets click here 

Stay tuned for even more exciting details related to this concert. 😀

This January I will be performing the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio with Ayn Balija and Peter D’Elia. Also on the same program I will be performing Milton Barnes’ Anerca II: The Raven and the Children with Ibby Roberts. The concert is January 28th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. More details available here

I will coordinating the wind program for the Orchestra North Summer Program in Smithers, British Columbia this August. This will be an exciting two weeks of music making. The first week will be a the wind academy program which will feature a wind chamber music tour of Kitimat, Prince George, and Terrace. The second week will be a community program. I will be performing on the wind academy tour and in the faculty wind quintet. Click here for more information about Orchestra North.

Tour Poster

The Farrelly Ensemble is an international trio featuring Australian flutist Michal Rosiak, Canadian clarinetist Shawn Earle, and American cellist Maureen Kelly. The Farrelly Ensemble is thrilled to be artists-in-residence at Bundanon Trust from June 1Farrelly Ensemble Image5-29 2016 and will be featured in the Unbound Flute Festival in Brisbane July 1st 2016. The Farrelly Ensemble is committed to cross-cultural learning through the exploration of music from of their respective countries. Their 2016 program will include two new commissions by Australian composer Stephen Cronin, American composer Greg Bartholomew, and Canadian composer Omar Daniel’s Dreams of the Panther.

The Albemarle Ensemble will be playing a concert in Culpeper, VA May 22. We will be playing works by Beethoven, Rossini, Barthe, Auric, Piazzolla and more. More details to come.

Albemarle Ensemble at our April 25th Concert at UVA.


I’m really excited to be joining EcoSono Feb 28th for a performance of The Ceiling Floats Away by Matthew Burner (music) and Rita Dove (poetry) as part of the Intersections Festival. I’m thrilled to be involved in such an innovative project! I won’t attempt to explain the project for fear of getting it wrong, but please read more on it here.

The performance will be Feb. 28th at the Atlas Performing Arts Centre in Washington D.C