Shawn M. Galvin has become known for his engaging performances and commitment to new music. He is the Curator of New Music Raleigh (NMR), a collective of dynamic musicians dedicated to presenting outstanding performances of music by living composers.
Shawn has served as Principal Timpanist of the United States Navy Band, Washington, DC, and as a member of Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under leading conductors including Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Chales Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Rafeal Fruahbeck de Burgos, and Gianandrea Noseda. He has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort.
Shawn has performed at five Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has collaborated with the Great Falls Symphony, Hamiruge (LSU Percussion Group), Michael Burritt, Lost in the Trees, and Shara Worden. Shawn can be heard on recordings released by the Pittsburgh Symphony, Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble, and Michael Burritt.
A committed educator, Shawn has presented educational clinics around the country. He has appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music for All National Percussion Festival, the Music for All Summer Percussion Symposium, the MENC National Convention, and has served as a member of the Percussive Arts Society Symphonic Committee.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shawn began studying percussion with his father at a young age. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Duquesne University where he studied with Stanley Leonard, Andrew Reamer, and Gerald Unger.
Shawn currently lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife Karen, who serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony. He enjoys reading, biking, skiing, coffee, and studying music.
Shawn is sponsored by Yamaha Percussion and Innovative Percussion.