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Shawn Conley

Bassist Shawn Conley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. While in high school, Shawn won a position with the Honolulu Symphony. He then attended Rice University, where he studied with Paul Ellison, receiving his Bachelor and Masters in Music Performance. While at Rice, he received a Wagoner Fellowship to study in Paris with François Rabbath. After one year, he was awarded both the teaching and performance diplomas. Shawn has since served as a faculty member alongside Msr Rabbath at the bi-annual Hawaii Contrabass Festival.

Shawn won first place in the 2009 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. He was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz competition the same year.

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