Born in Korea, raised in Toronto, Sean studied piano with Peter Longworth before attending Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario) to complete his Bachelors (2001) and Master's (2003) degrees in composition. While at Western, Sean studied piano with John-Paul Bracey and Gwen Beamish, harpsichord, and early music with Drs. Sandra Mangsen and Richard Semmens, composition with Drs. Peter Paul Koprowski and Omar Daniel, and orchestral/instrumental conducting with Jerome Summers and Dr. Colleen Richardson. In 2016, Sean completed Ph.D. in Systematic Musicology under the guidance of Dr. Paul Frehner. Sean’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles including Lakehead Choral Group, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Blyth Festival Orchestra, Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, Brassroots, London Singers, SoundStreams, Ensemble Transmission, and Aventa Ensemble, and by various soloists in Canada, Spain, and South Korea. Dulcisono recently premiered a newly commissioned piece for Dulcisono in April 2019. He has also been awarded a two-week residency on Porphyry Island in August 2019 to be the artist in residence to compose his heart's content.
Currently, Sean serves St. Paul’s Anglican Church as a music director, artistic director for Oras Chamber Choir, teaches piano and harmony. In addition, he serves as an accompanist for St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Lakehead Choral Group, and Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble. With Theresa Thibert, Sean founded Opera Northwest in 2016.
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