DepartmentConservatory of Music
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Degrees

  • D.M.A., University of Southern California
  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • B.S., John Brown University

Biography

Dr. Shawna Stewart is the Director of Choral Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA where she conducts the Biola University Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Under her direction, the Biola University Chorale performed at the 2016 Western Region Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s (NCCO) 7th Biennial National Conference, and the 2020 ACDA Western Region Conference. As associate professor, she teaches courses in conducting and choral methods. Dr. Stewart frequently serves as an adjudicator and guest clinician for choral festivals, workshops and honor choirs throughout the United States, including ACDA, SCVA, and ACSI. She is a member of ACDA, JEN, NATS, and SCVA, has served on the California ACDA board (6 years), and is currently a Western region national board member for NCCO.

Dr. Stewart holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M. Conducting), the University of Southern California (D.M.A. Choral Music), and has served on the faculty at John Brown University and North Dakota State College of Science. She has also held the position of Music Director at several churches in CA and NY.  Presently, with an additional interest in early childhood music education, she is the owner of and teacher at Children’s Music Academy in Whittier, CA.


Affiliations

  • Member, NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
  • Member, SCVA (Southern California Vocal Association)
  • Member, ACDA (American Choral Director's Association)
  • College and University Representative for the California American Choral Director's Association state board
  • Chair of the CA ACDA Choral Workshop Series
  • Former Recording Secretary for the CA ACDA state board
  • Former president of the Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association
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