Founding of Rochester Contemporary School of Music
In the fall of 2010, Sean stepped away from the role as band leader to found Rochester Contemporary School of Music (RCSM) in his hometown of Rochester, New York. Since the schools inception, he has served as director of RCSM where he also maintains his private teaching studio. By the time RCSM officially opened it's doors in 2011, Sean had organized a faculty of top-notch professional musicians to anchor the school's progressive curriculum. Sean's vision for the school has always been that it primarily serve gifted young musicians who plan to pursue careers in music. For that reason, Sean continuously works with the school's faculty to develop a curriculum specifically designed to help prepare each student to reach those goals in the ever-changing field of music.
Say's Sean, "I often get young musicians who come to me for help in getting their careers started or getting ready for music college; and one of the biggest problems I've consistently seen, is that they're simply not ready for the rigors of music college, and most certainly not ready for a professional gig in a contemporary music setting. That's mostly because their prior music education and performance experiences have not prepared them for those 'real world' scenarios. That's why RCSM was founded...to be a stepping stone for young musicians, so that their first career moves are good and productive ones. Whether it's music college, recording their first EP, or prepping for their first tour, the faculty at RCSM, myself included, are there to pass on all of the knowledge that we have."
The school and it's elite instructors, all active musician's themselves, are dedicated to the success of each student it enrolls. Sean is immensely proud of the fact that students from RCSM regularly perform at premier music venues, regional festivals, have opened for world renowned musicians, and have also gone on to some of the most prestigious music colleges in the US. Though Sean will personally never take credit for it, the students and faculty will tell you that it has been Sean's passion and devotion that has fueled the school's rapid growth and has quickly propelled Rochester Contemporary School of Music to be one of the premier private music schools in the region.