Shawn E. Okpebholo, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
On Faculty since 2010

Office: McAlister Hall 116
Phone: (630)752-5832


DMA, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

About Shawn E. Okpebholo

The music of Shawn E. Okpebholo has been performed all across the United States of America, and in Canada, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Distinguished venues and festivals include: The Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Monte Music Festival (Goa, India); CBDNA National Conference (Seattle, WA), MusicX Contemporary Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH); PRIZM Ensemble Concert Series (Memphis, TN); and the state music festivals of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas. As a frequently invited guest lecture and composer, Dr. Okpebholo has appeared at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro New Music Festival, the University of Benin (Benin City, Nigeria), Biola University Conservatory of Music (Los Angeles, CA), Boise State University (Boise, ID), among others.

Dr. Okpebholo has received numerous commissions from noted soloists, universities and organizations, including: the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, the United States Air Force Band of Mid America, the Ohio Music Education Association and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Okpebholo received his B.A. in composition and music history from Asbury College and his M.M. and D.M.A. in composition and theory from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music—with additional study in film scoring at New York University. His primary teachers were James Curnow, Joel Hoffman, Ronald Holz, and Michael Fiday. He was a recipient of the Union University Pew Research Grant and a select participant at the National Bandmaster's Association Young Composers Mentor Project. Awards include: first prizes in the Accent06 International Composition Competition, KMEA All-Collegiate Composition Contest, and Peniston Honors in Composition and has been an annual recipient of the ASCAPlus awards since 2004. He was also one of eighteen featured composers in Volume IV of the book series, "Composer's on Composing for Band," edited by Mark Camphouse.

In 2010, Dr. Okpebholo joined the faculty of Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music as Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition. He previously taught at Union University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He currently lives in Wheaton, IL with his beautiful wife, Dorthy (violist) and beautiful daughter, Eva. For more information visit Dr. Okpebholo's website >> .


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