Drew Shipman is currently based in Tacoma, Washington, where he attends the University of Puget Sound as a music education major. He currently studies flute with Karla Flygare. Previously, he studied under Wendy Wilhelmi, Stephanie Bethea and Bob Armer. Drew has worked in masterclasses with renowned flutists including Amy Porter, Christina Jennings, Erika Boysen, Laura Dwyer, and Greg Patillo. He also has received significant mentorship from Jeffrey Barker, Zachariah Galatis, and Martha Long. Drew frequently performs with the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, as well as with woodwind quintets and other chamber groups.
An advocate for new music, Drew has given regional, US and world premieres of works by composers including Jake Runestad, Brian Balmages, Carlos Simon, Doug Davis, and Greg Bartholomew, among others. At the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, he gave regional and world premieres of new works for solo flute, flute quintet, and symphony orchestra. As a winner of the 2018 University of Puget Sound Concerto/Aria competition, Drew performed Leonard Bernstein's Halil for flute, strings, and percussion with the UPS Symphony Orchestra. Drew crafted the piano reduction of David Maslanka's Song Book for Flute and Wind Ensemble (2000) and he premiered it with Jinshil Yi in spring 2019.
Drew is an active performer and collaborative pianist around the Pacific Northwest. Drew has performed at the Oregon Music Teacher's Association State Conference in Bend, Oregon, and at the 2016 Washington Music Educator's Association State Solo Contest in Ellensburg, Washington, where he placed second in the solo piano division. He performed as a collaborative pianist at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2017. Recently, Drew has performed on piano and celeste with the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist in Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1 with the UPS String Orchestra.
Drew has sung under Dr. Anton Armstrong, Jake Runestad, Ethan Sperry, Dr. Steven Zopfi, and Carlos Kalmar. As a vocalist, Drew has performed in San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C, where he sang in the premiere of a choral work by Z. Randall Stroope. In March 2018, Drew performed the Verdi Requiem with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Symphonic Choir under the direction of Carlos Kalmar. Drew performed at the 2016 Northwest Regional ACDA Conference in Seattle's Town Hall (vocalist and pianist).