Friends University hires new band director, Shawn Knopp

Friends University is pleased to announce the hiring of Shawn Knopp as the university’s new band director, music education program director and professor of music. Knopp will officially start at Friends in August 2019 and will direct the program following the retirement of long-time band director Dr. John Taylor.

Shawn Knopp“I am excited to begin my time with the outstanding students and faculty at Friends University as we continue to develop the next generation of music educators and work together to carry on the fine tradition of excellence established by Dr. John Taylor,” said Knopp.

Prior to being hired at Friends University, Knopp oversaw all aspects of the instrumental program at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan.. He directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Faculty Jazz Combo, Football Band, Basketball Band, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra.

His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), College Band Directors National Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Knopp earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting degrees from Kansas State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Music Education cognate at Kansas State. In 2012, the Kansas Bandmasters Association recognized Shawn with the Outstanding Young Band Director Award.

Knopp looks forward to joining the faculty at Friends University, working with dedicated students and helping to maintain the high quality instrumental program.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.