Gramophone Magazine calls Shawn Crouch a “gifted composer” and Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times describes Shawn Crouch’s work as music of “gnarling atonal energy.” 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 awards from 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. Shawn Crouch has had his works performed by among others; American Modern Ensemble, Cantori New York, California E.A.R. Unit, Chanticleer, Del Sol String Quartet, the Esoterics, Eighth Blackbird, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, newEar Contemporary Ensemble, Phoenix Chorale, Prism Quartet, Santa Fe Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Yesaroun' Duo, and Volti.
An educator as well as a composer, Shawn Crouch has served as the Founding Director of Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy, a tuition-free program that creates a little league-type network of choral ensembles for children in underserved communities of Miami-Dade County. Shawn Crouch has also served on the music faculty at the Walden School for Young Musicians, and the Hunter College Campus School in New York City.
Crouch received his B.Mus. in composition from the New England Conservatory, and his M.Mus. in composition from the Yale School of Music. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Chorus America.