Sean, originally from Brookville, Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, where he conducts the UTB Master Chorale and Chamber Singers and teaches applied voice, conducting and choral methods. Previously he was on the faculties of Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and Central State University in Ohio. Sean holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. His primary area of research is Latin diction; he is a diction specialist with SingersBabel (www.singersbabel.com), for which he authors phonetic guides and recordings of Latin texts.
While a student at CCM, Sean served as assistant conductor of the CCM Chorale and Chamber Choir under Earl Rivers and as music director of the UC Cabaret Singers. An experienced church musician, he has served on the music staffs of Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati and Third Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. In addition to extensive freelance solo work, Sean has performed with the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, May Festival Chorus, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Opera Chorus. While a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, he served as assistant conductor to Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page. Sean has sung with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati’s professional chamber choir, for six years. The ensemble is now directed by Craig Hella Johnson.
Sean received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in voice from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and taught music in the Beaver Local School District in Lisbon, OH, before returning to graduate school. Recently, he led performances of Honegger’s King David, Handel’s Messiah, and Fauré’s Requiem. This is Sean’s10th season with BCI, where he is serving as bass faculty in Sheffield.