Shawn Karson currently serves as Contrabassoonist with the Central Texas Philharmonic, Second Bassoonist/Contrabassoonist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Second Bassoonist with the Panama City Symphony Orchestra, and Third Bassoonist/Contrabassoonist in the Punta Gorda Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with numerous orchestras around Texas and the Southeast United States such as Austin Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (MS), Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (FL), as well as other projects in the University of Florida, Miami Ballet, National Music Festival, Taneycomo Music Festival, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
In addition to his active performing career, Shawn is an Austin, TX based Private Lessons Instructor and Reed Maker for the Hays, Austin, Hutto Leander, Pflugerville, and Round Rock Independent School Districts. He also teaches students from all over the United States and around the world with students in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
A native of Fort Myers, FL, Shawn is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the Florida State University College of Music where he has performed alongside his professors and mentors in the Faculty Chamber Recital. His primary teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen (UT Austin) and Jeff Keesecker (FSU).