Why, What

For me, creating with sound or text is about emotional flow – searching for the rare ebb and flood of narrative, imagery, and sonotiries that can raise the hair on my arms. I aim to keep chasing those goosebumps through concert music, lyrics and librettos, and media collaborations. Recent projects include a chamber opera-in-miniature inspired by the life and letters of composer Florence Price SoundCloud icon, a choral setting of my musings on Homo sapiens SoundCloud icon, and a study of sacred Renaissance music for string quartet and electronics SoundCloud icon.

Back When

I grew up in the mountains of northern New Mexico surrounded by natural beauty and music. Early lessons in Orff rhythm, piano, cello, children's choir, then student ensembles and musicals put music at my core. I split my initial studies between life sciences and music composition, then made my way in science & technical com­mu­ni­cations, pursuing music and ballroom/Latin/swing dance for fun.

Photo of Shawne Workman. Credit: Matheus Coura.

Photo: Matheus Coura

Photo: my main workspace (piano keyboard, computer, speakers, mixing board...)


I've attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I studied composition (MM, 2019) with Elinor Armer and media composing in the department of Technology and Applied Composition (PSD, 2020). I have completed courses in choral and orchestral conducting with Mark Shapiro (European American Musical Alliance Summer Institute 2019) and Jaques Desjardins (SF Conservatory); and lessons in composition with David Conte (EAMA Summer Institute 2017), David Garner (SF Conservatory), Arkadi Serper (SF Conservatory), and Scott Wilkinson (U. New Mexico). My vocal writing has received second prize in the 2019 SF Conservatory Biennial Art Song Composition Competition and third prize in the 2018 SF Conservatory Biennial Choral Composition Competition. I am a member of ASCAP and NACUSAsf.

CV:  S. A. Workman Resume & Works (PDF, 136kb)