Shawn Portell

Director of Music/Organist Ext. 3211

Shawn serves Webster Groves Presbyterian Church as Director of Music/Organist, giving direction to the Adult Chancel Choir, Ely Ringers, Worship Band, “Music in a Great Place” Series, and teaches preschool music for 3-5 year old’s in the Webster Groves Presbyterian Early Childhood Center.

Coming to WGPC in 1995 from Graystone Presbyterian Church in Indiana, PA, he is a native of Festus, MO. Shawn has bachelor’s degrees in music education and music performance from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in performance and sacred music from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

In addition to his duties at WGPC, in 2018 he was appointed Music Director of the St. Louis Metro Singers, a community chorus of about 60 singers that performs 10-12 concerts per year. He is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

Shawn has three children, Joshua, Alexandra and Nicholas and two grandchildren – Adem and Finley.

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