Shawn Berry is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. Under his supervision the organization has grown to six choirs with over 350 singers in its core program and over 1200 children in its after school programs. In addition, he has implemented a collaboration with the Kravis Center in after school programming and overseen the artistic side of the new “Choir in the Glades Program,” funded by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
Mr. Berry graduated with honors from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where he earned his BA and MA in Music Education. He worked in the public schools for 24 years in the areas of vocal and instrumental music with all grade levels. Mr. Berry started his teaching career as Band Director in Huntington, WV at Beverly Hills Junior High and Huntington High School. In 1989 he moved to Florida where he taught for 15 years at the elementary, middle and high school levels, most recently at Bak MSOA. While directing choirs in Palm Beach County, Mr. Berry had choruses selected to perform at state, divisional and national ACDA Conventions. In addition, his choruses were award winners at numerous festivals including Music in the Parks and Heritage Festivals. He has conducted honor and all-county band and choirs in Florida, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Most recently, Mr. Berry received the Randolph A. Frank Prize Award for Performing Arts Educator by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Clyde Fyfe Award performing artist award from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Mr. Berry is an active composer and arranger and has numerous publications with a variety of publishing houses. His professional affiliations are ASCAP and ACDA. His compositions have been performed by choirs at both local and national venues. In February, 2014, Mr. Berry served as accompanist for the Shawnee Press 75 year Celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Mr. Berry serves as Music Director at the Unity Church of Delray Beach. Additionally, he is Repertoire and Resource Chair for Children and Youth Choirs for the Florida ACDA.