Shawn M. Galvin is the Founder and Artistic Director of New Music Raleigh (NMR), a collective of dynamic musicians dedicated to presenting outstanding performances of music by living composers. He is also currently serving consecutive one-year contracts as Percussionist and Timpanist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Shawn is a regular member of the experimental ensemble Polyorchard, and has recently conducted productions for the Arizona Opera, North Carolina Opera, and Duke Performances.
Prior to his current positions, Shawn served as Principal Timpanist of the United States Navy Band, Washington, DC, and as a member of Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble. He has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort.
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 received a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
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 endorses Yamaha Percussion and Innovative Percussion.