Reveille Men's Chorus Bid Farewell to Shawn Cullen
Reveille Men's Chorus congratulates Artistic Director/Conductor Mr. Shawn Cullen on his accepted Ph.D. fellowship at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. He will begin doctoral studies within an interdisciplinary teaching fellowship in Music Education and Curriculum and Instruction starting this coming Fall 2017. A national search for the next Artistic Director of both Reveille Men’s Chorus and Desert Voices will commence immediately, with the goal to announce the new appointment in July.
Shawn joined the Reveille Men’s Chorus staff in 2009. During his 8-year tenure, the Chorus has grown dramatically in terms of singers, volunteers, audience, and local and national recognition. More than 60 singers now perform in concert seasons that have developed the need for new venues at the Temple of Music and Art and the Leo Rich Theater drawing some of the largest audiences for choral programming in Southern Arizona. Under Shawn’s leadership, Reveille has earned a reputation for musically excellent, entertaining, relevant programming with humor and heart. 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. 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.
Shawn’s artistic vision will continue for both Reveille Men's Chorus and Desert Voices as their seasons come to an end this summer. Shawn’s final concerts with Reveille Men’s Chorus will take place on May 13th and 14th for “What’s Love Got To Do (got to do with it)” at the Temple of Music and Art. Shawn’s final concert with Desert Voices will take place on June 11th along side multiple invited GALA Choruses from the Arizona region for the 2nd annual “Celebrating the Spectrum” concert, also at the Temple of Music and Art.
The Reveille and Desert Voices families extend heart felt, sincere thanks to Shawn, along with congratulations and best wishes to him on his next endeavor in Kansas City.