Current News 2020-2021

SRHS Chorus Director – Mr. Anthony Thompson-Shaw

Mr. Thompson-Shaw is a proud Baltimore resident, educator, and performer, originally from Washington DC, he began his love for music and performing at a young age.

During his Middle School years, he began exploring various instruments, most notably the Baritone Horn, which later gave rise to his beautiful and powerful Baritone voice. Mr. Shaw continued his love for the Arts through singing, performing, and later directing, productions in high school and college. While in college, he learned to play over 10 different instruments, trained as a vocalist, and explored theater and stage techniques. His passions for vocal and instrumental music didn’t stop there. While finishing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Shaw developed his artistic portfolio to include graphic design, photography, stage production, videography, and visual effects work.

After graduating with honors from Coppin State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Arts, and a minor in Music, Mr. Shaw’s first teaching appointment was as Band Director at Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in Wilson, North Carolina. From there, Mr. Shaw relocated back to his home state of Maryland to be closer to friends and family, where he has taught Vocal Music and Theater Arts in Baltimore City Public Schools, grades Pre-K through 8, for the past four years.

Mr. Shaw is President of the Catonsville Chapter of Choir Psi Phi National Music Society, Inc., where he serves as National Historian. Mr. Shaw’s work with Choir Psi Phi recently produced a livestream choir performance of “My Shot,” a tribute concert of the music from the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”

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The spirit store for the music department has been extended! You can order items by clicking this link:

In addition to these for sale items, The music boosters purchased (1) logo 3-ply mask for each current music student. If they did not recieve on distribution day, they can pick one up by emailing Mr. Cavanaugh and requesting a pick up time.

2021 Aria / Concerto Competition Virtual Experience
Eligibility Requirements:
-Anne Arundel County Public Schools student
-Member in good standing of a high school performance class (Vocal or Instrumental), affirmed by specific music teacher
-Exemplary musicianship and student conduct.

Google Form Registration Deadline: March 5, 2021 (Forms are available through students’ Google Classrooms)

Google Meet Auditions:
April 7, 2021 for Instrumentalists (1:00 – 5:00 PM)
April 14, 2021 for Vocalists (1:00 – 5:00 PM)

The AACPS Music Office will assign 15-minute time slots to each auditionee. These auditions will be performed live for a small panel of adjudicators. A Google Meet code and your assigned audition time will be sent via email.

If COVID-19 numbers go down by April, we will still conduct auditions in a virtual platform for the sake of equity.

Music Requirements:
-Concerto movement, opera or oratorio aria, or similar selection.
-Public Domain pieces published before 1925 are highly recommended but not required.
-Performance and audition time cannot exceed twelve minutes each
(If the selection is longer than twelve minutes, it must be suitable for being shortened.)
-Performance by memory with piano accompaniment is strongly encouraged. For this year, recorded
accompaniment or accompaniment provided by a household member will be acceptable. Furthermore, there
will be no orchestra accompaniment as per previous year’s collaborations with the BSO for the Young Soloist concert.

Final Performance:
May 11, 2021 (Tech Rehearsal: May 10)

Questions for clarification on the topic can be forwarded to Mr. Cavanaugh via email,, or Google Voice/Text: 301-539-9454.


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