Drew Shipman is a current graduate student in music education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Drew is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound, where he studied flute with Karla Flygare. Drew has worked in masterclasses with renowned flutists including Amy Porter, Christina Jennings, Erika Boysen, Laura Dwyer, and Greg Patillo, as well as with members of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra.
A fierce advocate for new music, Drew has participated in 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 and he premiered it with Jinshil Yi in spring 2019; he performed the work with the Puget Sound Wind Ensemble in spring 2021.
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.