Sean Doyle is a composer, conductor, singer and multi-instrumentalist who originally
hails from Long Island, New York. He has written for various media, including works
for orchestra and symphonic band, art song and choral music, solo and chamber instrumental
works, opera and incidental music, and music for film. Drawing upon widespread influences
from literature and the visual arts, Mr. Doyle’s music demonstrates a unique, personal
voice that reflects a commitment to capturing the emotional capabilities of artistic
Sean Doyle’s music has been performed throughout America and Europe, and he has worked
with a number of ensembles, including the Anima Nova Chamber Choir, Baltimore Choral
Arts Society, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Trio LaMilpa (oboe trio), the Westhampton
Beach Symphonic Band, Trio Pico (piano trio), the Fredonia Concert Band, the Fredonia
Chamber Singers, and the Fredonia Women’s Choir. Recent commissions include incidental
music for two theatrical productions, Electra (2010) and The Venetian Twins (2011), written in conjunction with the SUNY Fredonia Department of Theater and Dance,
as well as Parker Cycle (2010), a set of cabaret songs on texts by Dorothy Parker, for the soprano Amanda
Pearo. Sinfonia Brevis (2008), a five movement work for symphonic band was commissioned and first performed
by the Rondout Valley Symphonic Band. Mr. Doyle has also contributed film scores,
working with independent filmmaker Christian Nilsson, to two original movies – The Tragedy of Ky Young (2009) and The Adventures of Demitri Jones (2010). His one-act opera Crazy Sunday (2004) was premiered by the Fredonia Student Opera Theater Association “Opera Scenes”
production. Mr. Doyle has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the ETHOS
Gamba Award, the Victoria Bohlen award for excellence in composition, the Laurence
Shauffler scholarship, and two SUNY Fredonia School of Music service awards.
His upcoming projects include a work for soprano Lisa Perry and the Washington D.C.-based
Great Noise Ensemble, and a one-act chamber oratorio to celebrate the 200th Anniversary
of the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, NY.
Since 2004, Mr. Doyle has been an instructor at the State University of New York at
Fredonia, teaching courses in music theory, ear training, music appreciation and form
& analysis. He has also maintained an active role as a conductor, directing many
premieres of his own works as well as repertoire both traditional and contemporary.
As a member of the Fredonia Chamber Singers, Mr. Doyle toured across the United States,
the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, performing as both a featured vocalist and conductor.
Through this association, Mr. Doyle crafted works specifically written for the ensemble,
including the Choral Bagatelles (2005), Whitman Anthem (2006) and Feste Songs (2007). As well as writing works for the concert hall, Mr. Doyle maintains an active
career as a songwriter.
Sean Doyle holds both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition
from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Donald Bohlen. He is currently completing
a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns
Hopkins University, studying with Kevin Puts. Mr. Doyle has held graduate assistantships
at both Fredonia (in music theory) and Peabody (music library and bibliography).