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John Shawger

John Shawger joined the Virginia Symphony as 4th horn in the fall of 2015. He served as principal horn for the VSO’s2016-17 season and 2nd horn for the 2018-19 season. He has performed as guest principal horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Filarmonica de Jalisco, in Guadalajara, Mexico. John has also performed as an extra musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony.

Originally from Milwaukee, John completed his undergraduate degree in horn performance at Northwestern University in Illinois, also earning a minor in computer science. He continued his studies in the Masters program at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

John has been featured as a chamber musician in the Hampton Roads area with members of the Virginia Symphony. While attending the Colburn School, John performed regularly on the Colburn Chamber Music Society series, collaborating with clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas and pianist Jon Kimura Parker. As a member of the LA-based 2nd Street Brass Quintet, John performed in venues across Los Angeles and California and in the spring of 2014 traveled to Bellingham, Washington for a week-long residency in association with the Bellingham Music Festival. John’s principal teachers include Andrew Bain, Gail Williams, and William Barnewitz.