Shawn Lawton, Choir Director

Shawn Lawton, Vocal Music Teacher, is enjoying his 29th year teaching music and has spent the past twenty-two years at Mona Shores High School where nearly 300 students sing in his four choirs every day. Shawn earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music from Western Michigan University. In 2000, he received the Mona Shores Education Foundation’s Teacher Excellence Award. In the fall of 2013, the Singing Christmas Tree Project he oversees received the Michigan Association of School Board’s Michigan’s Best Award. His ensembles have been selected for a number of prestigious honors in Michigan, including his choirs being selected to give performances at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and at the Michigan Music Conference on multiple occasions. He was also selected by his peers to conduct the Michigan Regional and State TTBB Honors Choir. In 2016, on behalf of Mona Shores, he accepted an award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, for being one of the best communities for music education (an award which has since been re-awarded in 2017 and 2018). He is the former conductor of the Muskegon Community College choir as well. Shawn is married to Molly, the director and choreographer for the musicals at Mona Shores and they have three amazing children, Jonny age 23, Meghan age 20 and Jessica age 15 who also enjoy music, theater dance and art.