David Shea serves as Associate Professor of Clarinet at Texas Tech University. He also serves as Principal Clarinetist for the Lubbock Symphony and Abilene Philharmonic Orchestras, and has recently joined the music faculty at Rocky Ridge Summer Music in Estes Park, CO. Shea has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil and Chile. As a member of Trio Montecino, he has toured extensively and recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, Trio Montecino and Nuevo Sonido: Latin- American Trios. These recordings are available on the Eroica Classical Recordings label. Shea has performed at the Clarinetfests in Chicago, Columbus, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Kansas City and Austin, as well as the OU Clarinet Symposium and Klarinetstage, Belgium. In addition to his solo and chamber music performances, Shea has played with the Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the Sinfonia de Camera. He has also been involved in numerous CD recording projects for Eroica Classical Recordings, Crystal, Naxos, Delos, Opus One, Indiana University Recordings and Hal Leonard Productions where he worked with such artists as Eugene Rousseau and the Indiana Clarinet Trio.
As a teacher, Shea has been invited to do master classes throughout the United States, South America and Europe. He has been invited on three different occasions to teach as a sabbatical replacement at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Shea was a Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at the University of Illinois, an Indiana University Academic Fellow. He is currently a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy and a recipient of the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Shea has earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Oberlin College (BA-Mathematics), the University of Illinois (MM) and Indiana University (DM). His teachers have been Howard Klug, Lawrence McDonald, Eli Eban, James Campbell and the late Ronald Phillips.
David Shea is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist and is Texas State Chair for the International Clarinet Association.