Shawn Cullen, master educator, conductor and artistic director, has earned a reputation as a versatile and multifaceted artist continuing to set himself apart from others with his eclectic background and dynamic skill-set.
Shawn joined the Reveille Men’s Chorus staff in 2009. During his 8-year tenure, the Chorus has grown dramatically in terms of members/ singers, audience, and local and national recognition. Under Shawn’s leadership, Reveille has earned a reputation for musically excellent, entertaining, relevant programming with humor and heart. This includes productions with thematic presentations from classical choral repertoire, Broadway, music written for and by the LGBTQ community, original stories of LGTBQ history and members’ personal stories of living an authentic life. Through these moving concerts that entertain and educate, Shawn has enabled the Chorus to achieve its mission: Changing Lives Through Music. During the past 8 years Shawn has conducted the chorus at two quadrennial GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association) Chorus festivals and travelled internationally to perform with the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus. Mr. Cullen also led Reveille to make their debut performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2013 for “Broadway Rocks!” as the first LGBTQ chorus to perform with a professional symphony orchestra in the state of Arizona.
Mr. Cullen joined the Desert Voices staff in 2013 making him one of the few conductors nationally to serve as Artistic Director for two GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association) Choruses simultaneously. Under Shawn’s leadership Desert Voices has grown from 22 singers to more than 60 singers in only three full seasons, helped to quadruple audience sizes with fresh programming and re-focus the organization to promote safe people inside a safe space with a new mission: Fostering Community Through Song. Desert Voices is proud to provide a unique and much needed musical community as the only LGBTQI and Ally mixed choral experience in Southern Arizona. Desert Voices recently performed at the 2016 GALA Chorus Festival sharing music by former Tucsonan and nationally touring transgender singer-songwriter Namoli Brennet, in turn inspiring the performance of “Choose a Box” by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles The Anna Crusis Women’s Choir of Philadelphia, PA. In January 2017 Mr. Cullen accepted a three-year term as a national Board of Director for GALA Choruses helping to lead the North American LGBTQ and LGBTQ-allied choral movement.
For the past 12 years Mr. Cullen has also served the Tucson community as an award-winning music educator and leader for Tucson Unified School District as well as an adjunct faculty member in University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music as director of the Pride of Arizona Pep Band (2009-2013). Cullen often serves as Conductor for University of Arizona’s ART (Arizona Repertory Theater) where he continues to work with the Broadway stars of tomorrow with recent credits including “Into the Woods”, “Secret Garden”, “Batboy: The Musical”, “Avenue Q”, “Nine”, “Oklahoma!”, “The Full Monty”,“A Little Night Music”, and “Evita” (April 2017).
Mr. Cullen holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Master’s of Music in Conducting from the University of Arizona. Mr. Cullen is a proud member of GALA Choruses, American Choral Director’s Association, Arizona Music Educator’s Association, the National Association for Music Education.