Sean Linfors

Associate Professor, Music Education
School: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Office: James J Whalen Ctr for Music, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Choral Ensembles, Music Education, Conducting

Sean Linfors is an Assistant Professor in Music Education and the Interim Director of Choral Activities at Ithaca College.  He directs choral ensembles, teaches conducting, choral rehearsal, choral literature, and mentors student teachers.

Dr. Linfors holds a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from Florida State University, and is an educator, conductor, and clinician.  A public school teacher for ten years in Richmond, Virginia, Newport News, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida, he led successful choral programs and was active in the leadership of the state ACDA.  He has presented on the topics of teaching for transfer in the choral rehearsal and on the use of solfege beyond sight-singing.  His recent articles relate to his dissertation research into the choral music of the American composer Stephen Paulus. 

Recent performances include Reena Esmail's This Love Between Us, Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla, David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, under the supervision of the composer; Sing for the Cure, for chorus, orchestra, and narrator; and Schubert's Mass in E-flat, with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.  In 2022 his ensembles will perform two major works by Margaret Bonds, The Ballad of the Brown King and Credo. While at Florida State, Linfors directed performances of graduate and undergraduate choirs and orchestras, the FSU Opera, and FSU Musical Theatre.  While Linfors was the Associate Director of the Greater Richmond Children's Choir, the group was invited to perform at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.  

Dr. Linfors is an active adjudicator and clinician for schools and choral organizations.  Recently, he has been invited to conduct choral festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, and Jakarta, Indonesia.  Dr. Linfors coordinates the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival, now inviting submissions for its 43rd year!