A native of Chicago, Shawn Weil was appointed to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in April 2005. Prior to his appointment, he played as a contracted member of the orchestra for two seasons. Weil is a violinist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and, for four seasons, was co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony. During his tenure at the New World Symphony, he was invited to represent the institution in chamber music performances domestically in Manhattan and the Hamptons, and internationally in Prague, Rome, and Monte Carlo. He has collaborated with Michael Tilson Thomas, David Robertson, Alasdair Neale, and the Miami String Quartet. An active educator and mentor, Weil is on the violin faculty of Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He is frequently involved with the Education and Community Partnership Program of the SLSO. From 2002-03, Weil served on the faculty of the acclaimed Opus 118: Harlem Center for Strings in Manhattan. Weil received his Bachelor of Music degree and the Performance Diploma from Indiana University.