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Shawn Head,


Houston, Texts, États-Unis


Shawn "Renzoh" Head

ComposerLecturerShakuhachi Performer

12502 Seattle Slew Dr. Apt 522 l Houston, TX l Phone: 414 -248-7559 l Shawnheadmusic@gmail.com


Cleveland Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music, 2016

Primary Teacher - Dr. Keith Fitch

Major - Composition

Senior Thesis: 虚鐸 "False Bell" for Orchestra

Junior Thesis: Collaboration Project with the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Natural History Museum

"Wisteria" and "See the See": Music for 3D and 2D animations for planetarium viewing.

Independent studies in Japanese Language, Culture, Music, and Art

Thesis: "Musicality in Japanese Art "Uragami Gyokudo and Ema Saiko: Resonating and Channeling Tradition

Independent study in Japan, Dec. 2014 - Jan. 2015 and June 2015

Private Shakuhachi studies at Chikuzen studios, 2014 - 2016

Primary Teacher - Michael Chikuzen Gould, Daishihan (received the Shihan or Master's name "Renzoh")

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2011 - 2013 - Transferred to Cleveland Institute of Music

Primary Teachers - Jon Monhardt, Composition and Lewis Rosove, Viola

Majors - Composition and Viola Performance

Professional Experience

Acting Head Orchestra Director at Cypress Creek HS (CFISD) 2016 -2017 - In charge of Booster Club, Tri-M, lead students through Solo and Ensemble and UIL competitions. Taught and rehearsed three string orchestras, Chamber, Symphony, and Philharmonic.

Private Teacher - Composition,Violin, and Viola lessons for Beginner to Advanced students, 2010 - Present

Traditional Shakuhachi Performance at a variety of Venues - Traditional Zen Buddhist music from the Shakuhachi Kinko School as well as pop music from the Western and Eastern worlds, 2014 - Present

~ Hermann Park Japanese Gardens 20th Anniversary celebration, April 2017 and May 2017

~ JAGH New year festival, January 2017

~ Japan America Society of Houston (JASH) Gala, November 2016

~ Japanese Association of Greater Houston (JAGH) Senior Celebration, October 2016

~ The Bop Stop Presents: East Meets West - Shawn Head and Naomi Columna April 2016

~ Japanese - American Society of Central Ohio, Speech Contest, March 2016

~ Classical Revolution Cleveland, 2015 - Spring 2016

~ Cleveland One World Festival, August 2015

~ Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Recital, February 2015

~ Ohio Japanese Teacher's Association, December 2015

~ Performance at the Peter B. Lewis Building located at Case Western Reserve University, November 2015

~ Cleveland Nihongo Hoshuko Japanese Language School, December 2014 and May 2015

~ CIM New Music Concert, November 2014

Guest Lecturer for Composition and Japanese Music

~ Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Literature with Carol Ruzicka, April 2016

~ The Ohio State University Asian Humanities course with Yongfei Yi, April 2016

~ CIM Cultural seminar with Joel Smirnoff, November 2015

~ CIM Chamber Literature course with Carol Ruzicka on composers who are influenced by Japan and Japanese traditional music, March 2015

~ Case Western Reserve University Music Theory course with Lisa Rainsong on Japanese notation and pitch system, May 2015

~ CWRU Japanese Pop Culture course with Margaret Fitzgerald on Japanese flutes and their historical significance in Buddhism and Shintoism, October 2015

Commissioned work by Mary Kay Fink Principal Piccolo of the Cleveland Orchestra - Commissioned for Cleveland's PAND performers and artists for nuclear disarmament, August 2015

Faculty and guest artist at Music Benefic Artistic Director Anna Vayman - Two seminars on Improvisation, Summer 2015 - Present

Guest Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - For Darcy Drexler's Music Appreciation course, 2013

Taught secondary Viola lessons at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - students were music education majors, 2012 - 2013


Community Outreach, Volunteer Work

Cleveland Institute of Music Outreach musician, 2014 - 2016 - Shakuhachi performance at the following locations

~ Campbell Learning Center Open Door Series, May 2017

~ Judson Manor's Chestnut Auditorium, 2016

~ Judson Manor's Bruening Health Center, 2016

~ Judson Manor Retirement Home, 2015 - 2016

~ Our House Retirement Home, 2016

~ Cleveland Public Library, 2015

Cleveland Institute of Music teaching assistant to Dr. Keith Fitch - Course code MUCP 301/Lecture/100 - Composition for Performers. Class focused on "techniques of motive development and composition in small forms," Spring 2016

English Teacher and Private Tutor for ESL students, Cleveland, OH - Privately coaching and teaching international students English, 2014 - Present

Clinician and Assistant to teacher, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra - Under the guidance of Jenny Snyder Kozoroz, taught children ages 8 to 14, beginner to intermediate level performers in both orchestral and solo scenarios, 2010 - 2012

Assistant to orchestra teacher, Franklin High School, Milwaukee, WI - Under the Guidance of T.J. Hull, I trained and helped the orchestra prepare repertoire for upcoming concerts, 2010 - 2012

Assistant teacher at Franklin Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI - Trained and helped the orchestra and prepared repertoire for upcoming concerts. In addition, private lessons and helped teach the class on many occasions. 2009 - 2012

Selected Accomplishments

l Premiered a new work for Shakuhachi and String Quartet among other original compositions at the historic Union Club of Cleveland, sponsored by Carl E. Baldassarre, February 25th 2016

l Second place in the Cleveland Composer's Guild Composition Competition with "The Wind Sweeps Up Foliage Beneath the Moonlight," 2016

l John Downey Fellowship at the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. "An Enigma's Closure" Original Orchestral work performed.

l Performed at Cleveland's PAND (Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament) on August 6th, 2015 by Mary Kay Fink of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Selected Works List

Full Symphony Orchestra & Choir


Farewell Goodbye

Full Orchestra


虚鐸 Kyotaku

Arrangement of Takemitsu's Litany 1990 version



Viola Concerto


The Aphotic Zone


Death of an Artist

An Enigma's Closure

Solo Repertoire


Burning Roots Sketch 1 - Solo Shakuhachi (1.6)

Burning Roots Sketch 2 - Solo Viola

Bright Wind - Solo Flute


通底 Tsutei - Harp

Twilight Approaches - Shakuhachi and Electronics

Vicissitudes - Shakuhachi

Cadenza for Graul Viola Concerto in E-Flat Major.


Wistful Reverie - Piano

Organ Solo in three movements


Guitar Collection - Solo Guitar


A Caliginous Nocturne - piano

Four Memoirs - Viola

Atmospheres - Viola

Chamber Music


Duet - Clarinet in A and Viola

グラスドアの家 Inside my Glass Doors - Shakuhachi and String Quartet


私の声は届かなかった My pleas were never heard - Piccolo and Harp

Parallax -Violin Duet

私は沈黙を破った、その後それは私を黙らせた I broke the silence, and then it deceived me - Cello and Piano

The Wind Sweeps up Foliage Beneath the Moonlight - Flute, Viola, and Guitar


Love Conquers Death - Soprano and Mixed Ensemble

鮮やかな音色 Vivid Tones - Flute and Piano

Piano Quintet - Piano and String Quartet

Wind Quintet

Syzygy for Bass Trio


In Paris with you - Cello Duet

There's Beauty in Darkness - piano trio

Kyrie - Women’s Chorus

Psalm for Asaph - SATB choir

A Fire in Milwaukee - String Sextet

Argentina - Flute and Cello Duet

A Caliginous Fantasy - Viola and Piano

Epitaph for a Darling Lady - Soprano and Piano

“A Prayer in Spring” –Tenor and Piano


"A Change From My Life" Trombone solo accomp. by String Quartet ,

Harp Sextet – Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Harp, Viola, and Bass.

There's Beauty in Darkness - piano trio

Traditions - piano trio


Téléphone: 4142487559
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