Shane Cook

William Bolcom and Joan Morris Fellow


“I didn’t fall in love with music right away; in fact, the formal setting of piano lessons as a young child left me mildly indifferent... But as soon as I was handed a pair of drumsticks, I fell hard in love with music, unexpectedly and instantaneously. There was a kind of magic coursing through my hands whenever they held a pair of mallets or sticks, and every single note on a new sheet of music felt sacred, shrouded with mystery, waiting to be uncovered... While I mainly consider myself a western classical composer, I would be remiss not to mention the role Hindustani classical music has had on [me.]” 

— Shane Cook


Composer and percussionist Shane Scott Cook (b. 1994) was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. His work has been performed by New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Joseph Morris, Ilan Morgenstern, Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak and tabla virtuoso Shawn Mativetsky. A 2017 summa cum laude graduate from Biola University and Torrey Honors Institute, Shane has enjoyed performances of his compositions across the nation, with recent collaborations in Hindustani and Western classical crossover leading to performances of his work in Mumbai, India. His work has won awards from the likes of Chorus Austin, Hot Springs Concert Band, and Biola Conservatory of Music. In addition to concert music, Shane frequently works as a film and media composer. His teachers in composition include Robert Denham, Reena Esmail, Alex Lu, and Mike Watts, with studies in percussion under Brent Kuszyk and Cliff Hulling. Shane is passionate about education, especially in the arts, and currently teaches percussion at Bolingbrook High School. When he is not teaching, composing, or performing, he enjoys literature, film, nature, and spending time with friends and family.