Del’Shawn is an award-winning musician, author, arts equity advocate, and educator. As a soloist, he has won awards from competitions such as American Prize and the Metropolitan International Music Festival, while making solo debuts on national and international stages. As an emerging composer, Del’Shawn has spent much of the past year composing works that elevate the voices of unsung stories of African Americans and other marginalized communities. He has premiered new works in various workshops with ensembles such as Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Julius Quartet and with commissions from opera and art songs organizations like the Thompson Street Opera Company and the Cincinnati Song Initiative. DelʼShawn the lead composer for the musical adaptation for the award-winning book “Stars in the Sky,” based on the stories of the first African American flight attendants. It will have a professional reading in NYC later this year. As an educator and children’s book author, Del’Shawn passionately works with community arts organizations to ensure that children regardless of socioeconomic background have access to the transformative power of the arts. He serves on the DEI Board Committee of the South Bend Symphony and the DEI Board Committee of the Thompson Street Opera Company.