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Anne Watson Born, music director, is thrilled to be in her eighteenth season with the Nashoba Valley Chorale. Ms. Watson Born has been a choral conductor and teacher in the Boston area for many years. She is the Director of Music Ministry at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton and is a credentialed UU music leader. Ms. Watson Born was an Assistant Professor at Bristol Community College for five years; while there she was the voice coach, composer, and sound designer for the Bristol Community College Theatre Repertory Company. In that capacity she has been the music director for productions of Threepenny Opera, Marat/Sade, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (quite the combination). She has composed original music and/or improvised live music for several theatre productions, including King Stag, Treasure Island, The Tempest, Black Elk Speaks, Fireflies, The Bacchae, Alice in Wonderland, and Aladdin. She was the Music Director of the Brookline Chorus for nine years and taught at the Brookline Music School for many years. She was the founding Artistic Director of the Women’s Chorus of Boston and the Avenue of the Arts Chorale and in 2002 conducted the Boston-area performance of the Rolling Requiem to commemorate the tragedy of September 11.
Ms. Watson Born holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she studied conducting with William Dehning. She moved to Boston and obtained a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, where her principal teacher was Lorna Cooke DeVaron. She has also studied conducting with Helmuth Rilling and Murry Sidlin, composition with John Heiss and Andrew Imbrie, and voice with Jeanne Segal and Michael Strauss. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and their sato, and visits her daughter in Brooklyn, NY as often as possible.
Shawn is one of the area’s finest accompanists, adept at all styles of music from classical to pop and everything in between. He has been working with the Nashoba Valley Chorale on and off since the late 1990s, and is a staff accompanist at Indian Hill Music in Littleton, MA. In addition to his work as an accompanist, Shawn is active as a church music director and solo performer on both piano and organ.
Since 1995, Shawn has been the Director of Music for the First Parish Church of Groton where he manages an active music program including three choirs of various age groups. He is a Credentialed Unitarian Universalist Music Leader and serves on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network.
Shawn received his Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and in Music Theory / Composition from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he studied under Inge Lindblad and Juanita Tsu. He lives in Pepperell, MA with his wife, Monica, and son Liam.