Shawn Spicer is originally from Nova Scotia and now calls London, Ontario home. In his travels Shawn has picked up degrees from McGill and Yale universities and has worked in musical organizations across Canada from Symphony Nova Scotia to the Calgary based Foothills Brass Quintet to the West Coast of Vancouver Island at Bamfield’s Music by the Sea Festival.
In 1999 Shawn was appointed principal trumpet of Orchestra London Canada where he played for 15 years and now proudly continues to perform as a member of London Symphonia. He also serves on the Artistic Advisory Council. Recent performances have taken Shawn to Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Nova Scotia. Shawn also performs regularly as a musician at the Stratford Festival. As a soloist Shawn has played a wide variety of concerti and solo works by Haydn, Hetu, Ligeti, Bennett and Bach.
Shawn loves to play baroque and renaissance music on original instruments. Performances on baroque trumpet and cornetto have taken him as far away as Japan and Brazil. He has played with Tafelmusik, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, the Sante Fe Early Music Society and the Theatro Municipale do Rio de Janeiro.
Shawn is also active as an educator. He was trumpet instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Music in Borden, Ontario for 8 years and since 2003 Shawn has taught trumpet at Western University in London.
Shawn has two children, Abby and Owen and has been blissfully married to Barbara McGill for over twenty years. He enjoys cooking, travelling and watching dark crime series on Netflix.