Shannon McKay

Shannon McKay

photo courtesy of Bea Godwin

Shannon McKay, who moved to St. Augustine in 1983, has been accompanying the Community Chorus since December 1984. A musician since the age of eight, Shannon began her studies at Peabody Conservatory Prep School in Baltimore. She then went on to study privately in Atlanta; to win a piano scholarship to Stephens College; and to finish her formal music studies at Georgia State University, from which she graduated cum laude with a degree in French! She then endured a tedious detour through a series of graphic arts jobs, including an 11- year stint in the Composing Room at the St. Augustine Record. At length, tempted by the many opportunities to practice her musical art in St. Augustine, she threw caution to the winds and embarked upon her present course as a full-time professional musician, a decision which she has never regretted (and should have made much sooner).

Shannon is principal organist at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, where she delights in playing the 56-rank Casavant pipe organ installed in the Cathedral in February 2003.