Michael Bruce ShawNovember 3rd, 2019
Michael Bruce Shaw, 69, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019. He was born on September 6, 1950, in Jefferson City, Mo. to Martha Jane and Henry Bruce Shaw Jr. Michael started as a piano student at age nine, after asking a neighbor for lessons. Within three years, he was accepted by the piano studio of Dr. Thomasina Talley Greene, who became Michael's greatest mentor, until her death in 2003. After graduating salutatorian from Jefferson City Senior High School in 1968, Michael enrolled at the University of Missouri. As the recipient of a piano scholarship, he studied at the University of Missouri with Dr. Richard Morris. Concurrently, he was an organ student of Dr. Perry Parrigin. He received his B.S. Ed., cum laude degree in 1972, majoring in English and minoring in Music. His first position as a church musician was as organist at St. Peter Catholic Cathedral in Jefferson City, now a parish church. In the past 43 years, Michael has been a musician or choir director with Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Swedenborgian and Jewish congregations in California, Texas and Missouri. From March 2012 to June 2014, Michael was Music Director for Tarkio & Westboro (MO) United Methodist Churches. He has been honored to be an organist and pianist at St. Francis Xavier since September 2014. A great lover of opera, Michael was a season ticket holder to the San Francisco Opera from 1975 until the early 1990's. One of Michael's greatest joys was hearing all of the world's greatest singers including Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe, and numerous others. Michael possessed a keen wit and sense of humor and he was an excellent conversationalist, drawing many into his circle of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Martha Kennan Shaw Williams; and his lifelong friends, Mary and Glenn Harding. Survivors include brother, John W. Shaw (Cynthia); nieces, Sarah Sordo(Art), Katherine Gibbs(Matt), Amy Beeman (Jon); along with numerous extended family and friends. Farewell Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Christ Episcopal Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.