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Shawn E Okpebholo

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Shawn E. Okpebholo


Shawn E. Okpebholo (b. 28 March 1981, Lexington, Ky.) is an American composer and conductor.

Dr. Okpebholo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition and musicology at Asbury College, where he studied with James Curnow. He received his M.M. and D.M.A. in composition and theory from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, with additional study in film scoring at New York University.

Okpebholo has won the Kentucky Music Educators Association All-College Composition Contest twice, and he is a three-time winner of Asbury College’s Peniston Honors in Composition. He was a recipient of the Union University Pew Research Grant; a fellow with the National Bandmaster's Association Young Composers Mentor Project; has been awarded first prizes in the Accent06 International Composition Competition, KMEA All-Collegiate Composition Contest, and has been an annual recipient of the ASCAPlus awards since 2004.

As a composer and arranger, he has written music for concert band, orchestra, and choir. He also has arranged a number of Negro spirituals.

Dr. Okpebholo is currently [2021] an assistant professor of music composition and theory at Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music.

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