|Sean William Calhoun composes music of vibrant harmonies, written with performers in mind. His recent collaborations have included Vim, written for The Witches (flute and violin), Divisions and Diversions, written for saxophonist Zach Stern, Filament Canopy, for the Sticks & Strings duo, and Windrunner and Sonata for Flute and Piano, written for flutist Emma Resmini. The Peabody Wind Ensemble, conducted by Harlan Parker, premiered his piece Edgedancer in October of 2015, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Concert Band, conducted by Jack Stamp, premiered the wind ensemble version of his Coruscation in April of 2015. The Milieu Quartet selected his percussion quartet "In Chasms Deep" as the winner of their call for scores, and premiered it on their concert in December of 2015. Read full bio
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Sean William Calhoun composes music of vibrant harmonic colors, written with performers in mind. His music has been performed in various states, once in England, and once in Germany. Recent collaborations have included Vim, written for The Witches (a flute/violin duo), Divisions and Diversions, written for saxophonist Zach Stern, Filament Canopy, for the Sticks & Strings duo (a harp/percussion duo), and Windrunner and Sonata for Flute and Piano, written for flutist Emma Resmini. His piece Edgedancer was premiered by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, conducted by Harlan Parker.
His percussion quartet In Chasms Deep was the winner of the Milieu Quartet's 2015 call for scores. He participated in the exchange program between the Blair School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, in which he worked with violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved and composer David Gorton. The Blair School of Music commissioned Sean to compose a piece for their 50th anniversary gala concert in 2014, for which he wrote Divertimento. His piano trio Core was the winner of the 2013 Beethoven Club Composition Contest, and was performed at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival. In 2013, he also attended the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where he studied with Robert Carl, Samuel Zyman, and Larry Alan Smith. In both 2011 and 2012, Sean was selected for the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Young Composers’ Forum, where his orchestral works Elegy and Coruscation were premiered, and where he studied with composer Robert J. Bradshaw.
Also a pianist, Sean frequently plays the music of his peers (and his own pieces), as well as other contemporary works.
Sean is currently pursuing a DMA in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he is studying with David Liptak. He received his M.M. in Composition from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Hersch, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Jason Eckardt, and his B.M. in Theory/Composition from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where he studied with Michael Slayton, Michael Rose, and Stan Link.
Sean’s music may be found on Youtube and Soundcloud (or by checking the “Recordings” bit of this site), and his ramblings may be found on Facebook or, very rarely, Twitter. A high-quality headshot may be found and downloaded here. Credit for that photo as well as the one on this page go to Kelsey Ross.
Divisions and Diversions: four pieces and an encore for solo alto saxophone (2017) – 13'
Trellis, for chamber orchestra (2017) – 7'
Snowdrift, for harp and piano (2017) – 5'
Metamorphose, for solo flute (2017) – 4'
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano (2017) – 8'
Sonatina for Baritone Saxophone and Piano (2016) – 7'
Filament Canopy, for harp and percussion (2016) – 17'
Gradients, for sinfonietta (2016) – 10'
Fred, for solo guitar (2016) – 3'30"
Silver Awareness, for flute quartet (2016) – 8'
Branching, for nay, chang, tanbur, string quartet, and double bass (2016) – 6'
Striation, for flute, violin, horn, and double bass (2016) – 7'30"
Two Movements for Two Winds and Two Brass, for oboe, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone (2016) – 5'
Close Enough, for two percussionists on identical sets of four different things (2016) – 4'30"
Vim, for flute and violin (2016) – 4'30"
Sonata for Flute and Piano (2016) – 23'
Light and Rain, for concert band (2016) – 6'
Obsidian, for two baritone saxophones, marimba, and piano (2015) – 14'
Much the Same Way That Ships Don't, for flute, violin, and piano (2015) – 4'
Through Knotted Space, for orchestra (2015) – 8'
Proximity, for flute and double bass (2015) – 8'
Diptych, for solo guitar (2015) – 10'
Spiraled Spires, for alto saxophone and piano (2015) – 8'30"
Conflux, for double woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), four horns, and optional percussion (2015) – 5'
Snow and Ash, for harp and strings (string orchestra, sextet, or piano reduction) (2015) – 9'
In Chasms Deep, for percussion quartet (2015) – 11'
Saxophone Quartet: Angles and Intersections (2015) – 14'
Windrunner, for flute and piano (2015) – 8'
An Invisible Titan, for bass trombone and wind ensemble (2014) – 12'
Dew and Glass, for flute and guitar (2014) – 6'30"
Suite for Solo Double Bass (2014) – 20'
Seed Bismuth, for soprano saxophone, violoncello, and piano (2014) – 6'
Tendrils Above, for solo flute (2014) – 6'30"
A Herald on the Wind, for trumpet and wind ensemble (or piano reduction) (2012-2014) – 9'
Coruscation, for orchestra (2012) or wind ensemble (2014) – 7'
Edgedancer, for wind ensemble (2014) – 5'
Laser Gazelle, for two baritone saxophones, contrabassoon, and bass trombone (2014) – 6'
Braid, for wind ensemble (2014) – 6'30"
Brass Quintet, for two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba (2014) – 10'
Divertimento, for clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano (2013) – 6'30"
Departure, for solo piano (2013) – 3'
Bassoon Sonata (2013) – 13'
Ascend, for wind ensemble (2013) – 8'
Trio for two violins and viola (2013) – 20'
Suite on C, for solo violoncello (2013) – 20'
Axis, for piano trio (2013) – 7'
Breath and Aura, for two violins, two violas, and violoncello (2013) – 9'30"
Fractured Dances, for solo violin (2013) – 8'
Suite for Trumpet and Harp (2013) – 11'
Gargoyle, for trombone quartet (2013) – 5'
Passacaglia for Orchestra (2013) – 7'
Pairings, for saxophone trio (ATBari) (2013) – 10'
Core, for piano trio (2013) – 7'
Clarinet Quartet, for three Bb clarinets and one bass clarinet (2012) – 17'
Swirls, for alto flute, violin, and harp (2012) – 6'
Suite for Solo Horn (2012) – 11'
Viola Sonata (2012) – 24'
Toccata Chromatica, for solo organ (2012) – 5'
Tale for Solo Violin (2012) – 20'
Chiaroscuro, for solo harp (2012) – 8'
Escenas de Ecuador, for ten or eleven violins (2011) – 10'
Elegy for Orchestra (2011) – 7'
Words in Steel, for solo percussion (2011) – 5'
Caprice, for four harps (2011) – 4'
Winter's Breath, for violoncello and harp (2010) 4'30"
Sonatafor Flute and Piano
Suitefor solo double bass
Vimfor flute and violin
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1) You would like to play my music, and need the score/parts. I can provide those.
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4) You would like me to compose music for you. I have ideas, and the ability to compose quickly if necessary.
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