Canadian clarinetist Shawn Earle enjoys an active career as a performer and educator. He has performed throughout Canada, the USA, Europe, and Australia as a chamber musician and enjoyed collaborations with notable ensembles including the Ecosono Ensemble (he is featured on two recordings, Glacier Music and The Ceiling Floats Away), Albemarle Ensemble, Aventa Ensemble, Novo Ensemble, Cascadia Reed Quintet, and the Lafayette String Quartet. Dr. Earle was a founding member of the Vancouver Clarinet Trio, Trio Dolce, and Farally Ensemble. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Earle has performed with the Charlottesville Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestra, and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
Since completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree examining contemporary Canadian clarinet music at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Earle has performed solo concerts of Canadian clarinet works throughout Canada and the USA. This research has also inspired the development and solo performances of clarinet works influenced by non-Western cultures. Dr. Earle is dedicated to contemporary Canadian clarinet music, while also enjoying traditional repertoire.
He also holds a Master’s 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 education having been Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, Lecturer at University of Regina, Washington and Lee University, Clarinet Instructor at the University of Victoria, a high school Band Director, delivering numerous masterclasses, clarinet instructor at the El Sistema-inspired Saint James Music Academy, and maintaining a private studio.
Dr. Earle has received grants from the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award, among other significant awards for performance and research.