Shawna Trost

Shawna Trost

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First year with SO: 2004

Hometown: Erie, PA

Instrument: Shawna's violin is an 1851 Pedrinelli.

Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music; Longy School of Music; Master of Music – Carnegie Mellon University; New World Symphony

Violinist Shawna Trost earned her Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music. She furthered her studies at the Longy School of Music, before receiving a Master's degree with performance honors from Carnegie Mellon University. There, she would receive first place in the prestigious Silberman Chamber Music Competition. Later, as a fellow with the New World Symphony, she would perform at New York's famous Carnegie Hall. 
Shawna has performed and soloed with numerous orchestras including Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Spoleto Festival USA.  She has been featured as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, and has performed at numerous European music festivals. Her travels have also included tours of China, as well as the North American tour of Star Wars in Concert.

An active teacher, Shawna finds enjoyment in fostering the talents of the young violinists in her studio. She loves to spend time with her family, including her three beautiful children, Preston, Julian, and Angelique, and travel the world making music.

Career Highlights:
Along with her love for classical performance, Shawna frequently enjoys opportunities to work in other musical genres with many amazing artists. She has performed with Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Audra McDonald, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Mary J. Blige, Jackie Evancho, David Foster, Paul Anka, Bernadette Peters, Celtic Thunder, CeeLo Green, Peter Cetera of Journey, Paul Oakenfold, Celtic Women, 2 Cellos, and The Irish Tenors.


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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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