Shawn Earle is the Lecturer in Clarinet at the University of Virginia and Principal Clarinet of the Charlottesville Symphony. He holds the orchestra’s endowed Henry Jacob Javor Clarinet Chair.
Shawn has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony and the Victoria Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has been a member of the Cascadia Reed Quintet, Vancouver Clarinet Trio and Trio Dolce, and a guest artist with Novo Ensemble. He is also a champion of contemporary Canadian clarinet repertoire, frequently collaborating in performance and composition.
In addition to maintaining a private studio and offering masterclasses, he served on the faculty of the University of Victoria and the El Sistema-inspired Saint James Music Academy. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Music from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Shawn has received numerous honors as a performer and researcher, including grants from the British Columbia Arts Council and Canada Council, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award.
He is currently working on a CD of contemporary Canadian clarinet works to be released in 2018. Upcoming appearances include three concerts of contemporary works for clarinet influenced by non-western cultures: January 21 at Washington and Lee University; January 24 on WTJU FM radio; and February 10 at the Richmond Public Library.