Sean McClowry is an award-winning American composer who writes contemporary music.  Although he composes for many different ensembles, such as string quartet, orchestra, and for soloists, he often writes music that will include him as a performer.  Sean’s primary interests are to continue the tradition of composer/performer, to create new works that speaks to our current age, and to write music that explores both virtuosity and beauty in one sound. His music often explores sentiments that are difficult to describe using words. He writes music for acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments and performances, and he blends many of the genres of music that are important to him: classical, jazz, pop, and traditional Irish music. He is currently working on his debut CD for American Modern Records comprised of his music for double bass.  It will feature his new Concerto for Double Bass that he premiered with the American Modern Ensemble in 2009.

Sean has been awarded first prizes in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (Leo Kaplan Award), the Lee Ettleson Composition Competition, and the American Modern Ensemble Composition Competition.  He has studied composition with Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, Chen Yi, Chris Theofanidis, and Nicholas Maw.  He received his PhD in composition from Princeton University.  His doctoral dissertation was titled “The Song of the Convert: Religious Conversion and its Impact on the Music of Liszt, Pärt, and Coltrane.”  Sean received a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from Peabody Conservatory.  He is currently on faculty at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Selected Work List: (click to see scores)

Concerto for Double Bass and orchestra (2009-10) premiered by American Modern Ensemble

Brooklyn Overture for orchestra (2008) read by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Piano Piece no.1 (2007) premiered by Monica Ohuchi

a prayer for string quintet (2007) premiered by the Flux Quartet

April, ’94 for solo bass and electronics (2006) winner of the AME electro/acoustic composition competition

Soldier for orchestra (2005) commissioned and premiered by the Dogs of Desire

Without a Story for organ and percussion (2003) commissioned by the American Guild of Organist for Donald Sutherland

Different Paths for organ and soprano sax (2000), commissioned by Donald Sutherland and Gary Louie

This Present Darkness for wind ensemble and turntables (2000), premiered by the Peabody Wind Ensemble

Perichoresis for double string orchestra (2000) premiered by Group435 String Orchestra

Immanuel for clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and percussion (2000)

Great Expectations for alto saxophone and marimba (1999)

Parting the Waters for solo double bass (1998) winner of the Leo Kaplan Award (ASCAP Morton Gould Composition Competition) and the Lee Ettleson Award

The Vampire, a musical in one act (1998) Performed by the Yale Summer Cabaret

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