C. M. Shearer, D. M. A.


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For more than forty years, Dr. Shearer has composed sight-reading music for Texas Interscholastic League, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Omaha Public Schools as well as the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) during recent years. He has written and arranged numerous works for diverse vocal and instrumental ensembles and has received commissions from the Texas Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists.

In addition to the 200-plus pieces written for OMEA (available on this web site), more than 100 additional works were written for Texas sight-reading competition and are available from Southern Music Company.  Dr. Shearer is co-author of Sight-Singing Part Exercises published by Jenson Publications (available through Hal Leonard): a supplementary volume of The Jenson Sight-Singing Course.

Dr. Shearer has distinguished himself as a conductor, composer, teacher, and clinician. His choirs have performed for state and national choral and music education organizations; and he has prepared choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Mexico City National Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Canton Symphony, and others. Shearer has prepared orchestras and choruses for such noted composers as Alberto Ginestera, Srul Irving Glick, Krystof Penderecki, Ned Rorem, Robert Ward, and David Ward-Steinman. In addition, he has conducted numerous choral festivals, all-state choirs, and workshops on the regional, state, and national levels.

During Dr. Shearer’s fifty years as a professional musician, he served as Director of Choral Activities at Kent State University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and interim director at Mount Union University, Alliance, Ohio. He also served as Chorus Master for the Corpus Christi Symphony, Opera Omaha, and Opera Cleveland as well as Chorus Director for the Canton Symphony.

His public-school experience consisted of teaching secondary choral music for eight years in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, and, for more than twenty years, he served as a part-time church musician in Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian churches.

Dr. Shearer is a recipient of Kent State University Alumni Association's prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award, the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Northeast Ohio Coalition of Higher Education, and Ohio Magazine's Excellence in Education Award.

His bachelor's and master's degrees are from The University of North Texas, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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