By daylight, John Shea is a mild-mannered professor living in Ellicott City, Maryland. He received his B.A. in Economics from Northwestern in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1990. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park.
But by night (and on Sunday mornings) John reveals his true secret identity as a musician and composer. John writes appealing, tonal choral music featuring strong melodies and a variety of styles, including Latin Jazz, gospel and pop. When There is Light in the Soul is gospel-style waltz setting of a Chinese Proverb, while A Motherís Carol is a jazz waltz setting of a haunting text (written by Johnís wife, April Lee) expressing a motherís hopes and concerns for her newborn son.
John has been engaged in serious composing only since 2002, but already has compositions published by both Yelton Rhodes Music and Treble Clef Music Press. He owes a great deal to his composition mentor, Tom Benjamin. John sings in his local UU choir and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.
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