Alison Shaw

Chair, Region 4; Member, Board of Directors
Elected November 2020; term ends November 2023

Alison Shaw is Chair of the Music Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO). Prior to her appointment at UWO in 2004, she served on the music faculties of Michigan State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eastern New Mexico University and The Interlochen Center for the Arts. She serves on the summer faculty of the International Music Camp in the International Peace Gardens on the border between North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada, where she has directed the mallet percussion workshop since 2011.

Professor Shaw enjoys an established reputation as a virtuoso percussionist, master teacher and clinician. She has embraced chamber music, orchestral performance and solo artistry, and has distinguished herself as an award-winning soloist and an acclaimed interpreter of new music. She has premiered a combination of over 30 solo and chamber works throughout the United States and Europe, and her solo CD, Signs of Intelligent Life, is released on the Eroica Classics label. Her 2nd solo CD, Cadenza, Fugue and Boogie, includes 4 world-premiere recordings. An advocate of contemporary music, she served as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quorum Chamber Arts Collective, a mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble. During its 15 years of touring and performing contemporary chamber music, Quorum commissioned 18 new works for its instrumentation, and recorded an award-winning compact disc, Cold Water, Dry Stone-The works of Evan Chambers, on the Albany label. Professor Shaw also tours extensively with the percussion/tuba duo, Balance, a collaboration that has produced several commissions for this unique combination in addition to transcriptions of popular and folk music. She has served as principal percussionist or timpanist with many American orchestras, and currently serves as principal timpanist with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She also tours internationally and records as principal timpanist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Professor Shaw has served on the International Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Board of Directors and has also served as the Chairperson of the PAS College Pedagogy Committee. Prior to her appointment to the PAS Board of Directors, she served as an associate editor for Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Professor Shaw has served NASM as Vice Chair of Region 4.

Professor Shaw holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona.

Posted December 2020