Sean Hurley will receive the Springfield Symphony’s “Music Educator of the Year” award at the January 20 concert.
After teaching 5 years at Brookville High School and Middle School, Sean returned to his hometown of Beavercreek to become the Jacob Coy Middle School Choral Director. Sean has created 3 new ensembles: Una Voce, Unaccompanied Minors, and New Horizons, a 6th grade combined school show choir. Sean was recently hired as the director of the Springfield Children’s Chorus.
Some of Sean’s achievements over his career are being the music director of the “All State Show Choir” for the Ohio Department of Transportation, which received a Grammy for its music video and public outreach and being the guest conductor for District 12 OMEA Middle School Honors Choir and the 5th Grade Honors Choir ACES. Also, Sean’s Una Voce choir was selected and will be performing at the Ohio Music Educators Professional Development Conference in February this year. One of Sean’s favorite memories with the Jacob Coy Choir was making the backing track for The Ohio State School of Optometry music video parodying “Hamilton”, which featured the 2016-2017 Una Voce. Sean loves choir for its ability to develop confidence, empathy, focus, and cultural understanding in all of his singers.
Sean loves spending time with his wife, Heather, and one-year-old daughter, Braeylnn. Sean spends most of his free time singing nursey rhymes, listening to pop a cappella, playing board games, and trying new restaurants.
Past Winners of the SSO Music Educator of the Year Award:
» 2017 Michael Weller
» 2016 Lydia Smith-Lockwood
» 2015 Karen Gorretta
» 2014 Amy Whitehall
» 2013 Jim Templeton
» 2012 Sharon Safely
» 2011 Evalind Pickering