Gramophone Magazine calls Shawn Crouch a “gifted young composer” and Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times describes Shawn Crouch’s work as music of “gnarling atonal energy”. Lawrence Johnson of the Miami Herald called his Road From Hiroshima; A Requiem a “staggering achievement, an imaginative, powerful and deeply moving work” making the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel’s 2005 Classical Music Standouts. Shawn has received numerous awards from among others, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Yale University, Meet the Composer and the Percussive Arts Society. He is the inaugural recipient of the Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum. Crouch has had his works performed by Chanticleer, Eighth Blackbird, California E.A.R. Unit, Non Sequitur Ensemble, The Del Sol String Quartet, Prism Quartet, Seraphic Fire Choir and Orchestra, Cantori New York, the Yesaroun’ Duo, and others. He has studied with Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Malcolm Peyton, Marguerite Brooks and Leo Wanenchak. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Norfolk Music Festival. Mr. Crouch received his B.M. in composition from the New England Conservatory with honors and distinction in performance, and his M.M. in composition from the Yale School of Music. Shawn Crouch currently serves as the newly appointed John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Director of the Miami Choral Project, a tuition-free program that creates a little league-type network of choral ensembles for children in low-income areas of Miami-Dade County.