Shannon Canavin - Director

A seasoned arts administrator, Shannon Canavin has been preparing and filing visa applications for performing artists for over 20 years. She founded Artist Visa Services in 2007 to address the growing need for accessible expertise navigating the increasingly complex US immigration procedures. Throughout the years, Shannon has adapted to the ever-changing demands of USCIS to present compelling evidence of artists's qualifications to perform in the US. She has secured approvals for hundreds of diverse clients including Boston Early Music Festival, the Library of Congress, Odyssey Opera, Boston Baroque, the Newberry Consort, Fretwork, the Orlando Consort, and Sequentia, to name a few. She has worked for Treble Chorus of New England, Early Music America, and is currently Development Associate for Boston Early Music Festival.


Shannon is a professional singer with degrees from New England Conservatory and Case Western Reserve University who has performed with Apollo's Fire, Newport Baroque, Arcadia Players, Amphion’s Lyre, the Choir of the Church of the Advent, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. In 2003 she founded the period vocal ensemble Exsultemus to explore remarkable but seldom-performed Renaissance and Baroque vocal works. Shannon is currently the president of the PTO at her daughter's school in Cambridge, MA where she combines her passions for baking and raising money.