A native of Louisville, Kentucky, composer Shawn Jaeger writes music inspired by Appalachian ballad singing and Old Regular Baptist hymnody. Honors include an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Northwestern University M. William Karlins and William T. Faricy Awards, and two BMI Student Composer Awards. Jaeger's works have been performed by the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and Scrag Mountain Music at venues including Zankel Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Galapagos Art Space, the Chicago Cultural Center, and on radio station WUOL. In 2010, Jaeger received a commission from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as part of a Professional Training Workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Donnacha Dennehy. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate aural skills and lectured on the music of the rock band Radiohead. Jaeger holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan (2007), and lives in New York City.