Shawn Galvin (Raleigh, North Carolina) is a percussionist, conductor, and producer known for his creativity and collaborative spirit. Glavin has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Elbphilharmonie, as well as countless art galleries and basement rock clubs.
Galvin has served as percussionist and timpanist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1996, with whom he won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Galvin founded New Music Raleigh, “the Southeast’s most plugged-in musical collective devoted to the work of living composers” (Indy Week), which presents bespoke contemporary classical performances. Galvin has also served as percussionist and timpanist of the United States Navy Band, Washington, DC, and as a Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble member.
As a conductor, Galvin has led the Arizona Opera, Duke Performances, and North Carolina Opera productions. Galvin has produced events for the National Gallery of Art, the North Carolina Symphony, C.A.M. Raleigh, and the Hopscotch Music Festival and collaborated on projects with Big Star, R.E.M., Wilco, and Yo La Tengo members. Galvin has served on panels for New Music U.S.A., the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the Opportunity Fund.
Galvin has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music for All National Festival, and universities nationwide.
Galvin is an Artist-in-Residence at the Louisiana State University School of Music and is the Orchestra Manager at Spoleto Festival U.S.A. Galvin is an Artist/Educational Clinician for Yamaha Percussion.