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Sean Kim

Picture taken by Noella Choi.

Born in Korea, Sean Kim attended the University of Western Ontario to complete his Bachelors (2001) and Masters (2003) degrees in composition. While at Western, Sean studied piano, harpsichord, composition, and instrumental conducting. He is recently completed Ph.D. in Systematic Musicology under the guidance of Dr. Paul Frehner.

Sean’s focus is in music composition creating musical works by linking seismology and transformational theory. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles including the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Blyth Festival Orchestra, Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, Brassroots, London Singers, SoundStreams, Ensemble Transmission, and Lakehead Choral Group.

Sean has taught orchestration at the University of Western Ontario and voice leading and arranging at the University of Windsor, conducted the Blyth Festival Orchestra for 8 years, and was the music director and organist for St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Arva. He frequently performed contemporary music with Orchestra London as a keyboardist.

Works in progress and recently completed include:

  • Loki, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano (Aventa Ensemble)  (Completed Oct 11, 2011)
  • Post cards, for 2 percussion (DuO Percussion)
  • Namazu, for large orchestra (PhD dissertation)
  • Go, Tell It on the Mountain (Arrangement/Orchestration for London Singers and Orchestra) (Completed December 2012)
  • A Song for Everything (Lakehead Choral Group) (Completed January 5, 2016)
  • Lenten Reflections for Organ (Completed April, 2015)

Currently, Sean privately teaches piano and theory, is the music director at St. Paul’s Anglican Church and an accompanist at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Thunder Bay. He also accompanies Lakehead Choral Group. He keeps busy sitting as the president for the local ORMTA: Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association. In addition, he is an examiner for Conservatory Canada in both practical and theoretical studies, and an adjudicator for music festivals. He has become a busy collaborative pianist and a chamber musician performing for various Thunder Bay artists. He also is a founding member and the music director of newly formed Opera Northwest.

Sean Kim

Picture taken by Noella Choi.

Sean Kim is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), which administers the performing rights for his works. For individual discussions regarding commissions, performances, recordings, adaptations and/or commercial licensing of his work, contact Sean directly at 807.355.1203 or seankim@creatonality.ca.