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.
A passionate 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. He was a featured performer at the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, where he gave 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 (2001) and he premiered it with Jinshil Yi in spring 2019. He was invited to perform the Song Book with the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble at the 2020 West/Northwest Regional CBDNA Conference - the performance is tentatively rescheduled for the 2020-21 season.
Drew's involvement in music is eclectic, including work as a pianist and vocalist in addition to his flute studies. He is an avid collaborative pianist around the Northwest, and has performed on piano and celeste with the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Concert Band. With the University of Puget Sound String Orchestra, he appeared as soloist on Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1. As a member of the Adelphian Concert Choir, Drew sang in the chorus in performances of the Verdi Requiem with the Oregon Symphony.