Sean William Calhoun | Composer and pianist


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, once in Germany, and once in Uzbekistan. His recent collaborations have included Fluctuations (for violin, bass clarinet, and marimba), composed for the trio F-PLUS, RE:Sound (for flute and clarinet), composed for the duo RE: New Music, Vim (for flute and violin), written for The Witches, Divisions and Diversions (for solo alto saxophone), written for saxophonist Zach Stern, Windrunner, Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Abyss Lustre (for flute and harp), written for flutist Emma Resmini, Filament Canopy (for harp and percussion), for the Sticks & Strings duo, and Branching, for the Omnibus Ensemble. The Peabody Wind Ensemble, conducted by Harlan Parker, premiered his piece Edgedancer, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Concert Band, conducted by Jack Stamp, premiered the wind ensemble version of his Coruscation. The Milieu Quartet selected his percussion quartet In Chasms Deep as the winner of their call for scores.

Sean 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 D.M.A. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he has studied with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and 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 Works or Recordings pages 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.