DMA, University of North Texas
MM, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois
Sean Flanigan, DMA, is an assistant professor of music and has developed a reputation as an extremely versatile trombonist. Equally at home in the symphonic and jazz idioms, his wide range of professional experience has included principal trombone and featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Grand Junction Symphony, performances with the Des Moines Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, American Jazz Philharmonic, North Texas Wind Symphony and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
As a freelance artist, Flanigan has backed such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Urbie Green, the Temptations, Johnny Mathis and Jack Jones, recorded for television, radio, and commercial CDs and has performed for numerous touring Broadway shows. He has been invited numerous times by the legendary El Sistema training program to teach and perform in Venezuela. This includes presenting solo recitals and clinics at the National Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela and appearing as a featured guest artist (along with the Empire Brass and Jacques Mauger of the Paris Conservatory) at the Ibero-American Brass Festival in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
He serves on the performing artist roster for Conn-Selmer, Inc., performing on Bach and Conn trombones exclusively. As a clinician and guest conductor for both classical and jazz programs, Flanigan is in demand for educational clinics throughout the United States. In January of 2013, he served as one of the directors for the Colorado All-State Jazz Bands at the Colorado Music Education Association Conference in Colorado Springs.