DR. KIRBY SHAW KIRBY SHAW has made a major impact in choral music education and has shared his musical  expertise in 45 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, China, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain,  Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, and the Philippines. Kirby has degrees in Music Education and Choral Composition from San Jose State University and a DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.  Dr. Shaw’s teaching is  infused with a sense of humor and breadth of knowledge that is transmitted in an exciting and  highly contagious manner. Kirby taught in the Mt. Shasta public schools before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz  Ensemble.  He also pioneered similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of  Missouri - Kansas City, and is now directing the Jefferson State Choral Coalition in Ashland,  Oregon. Kirby has scatted one-on-one with such notables as Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks  (who once told Kirby . . . “Man, you don’t make mistakes!”), Mark Murphy, Greta Matassa, and  Chris Calloway.  He has overseen the creation of hundreds of educational recordings, five college and university  albums and two solo CDs. Kirby is a member of Just 4 Kicks, a zany 4-man a cappella vocal ensemble specializing in Jazz. A composer/arranger with nearly 3000 choral compositions/arrangements in print, Kirby’s music is sung around the world and has sold over 20 million copies.  He has many commissioned pieces to his credit, including one for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  This creative and prolific output has  resulted in numerous ASCAP awards. In 2009, Dr. Shaw was invited to New York’s Carnegie Hall to conduct a performance of his choral music. Singers traveled from around the world to participate. The 180-member choir experienced a memorable performance that included the audience enthusiastically scatting along with Kirby and an extended standing ovation. Kirby and his wife, Markita have written an original musical based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol entitled SCROOGICAL, soon to be presented at a quality theater near you! Kirby, Markita, and their foofy-newfie/border collie mix, Tux, live in a forest high above Southern  Oregon’s Rogue Valley.
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