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Bethlehem, Pa., June 10, 2014— President Bryon Grigsby is delighted to announce that Moravian College has recently appointed two artists-in-residence whose talent inspires students in the concert halls and in the classrooms. Australian composer, conductor and master orchestrator, Sean O’Boyle, and internationally renowned soprano and master voice teacher, Suzanne Kompass, will serve two-year assignments as artists-in-residence in the Music Department at the College.
“When the Moravians settled in Bethlehem some 272 years ago, the pioneers of this new community were chosen for their skills. It was no accident that many of the leaders, artisans, and workers were also musicians,” said President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90. “In keeping with this tradition, we are delighted to appoint two world-class musicians as artists-in-residence. Sean O’Boyle and Suzanne Kompass already serve on our music faculty and their expanded roles will bring tremendous opportunity for our College.”
“Our roles as artists-in-residence will allow us to fully immerse ourselves in the life of Moravian College and to benefit all students with our diverse skill set and professional associations worldwide,” noted Sean O’Boyle. “Our mission is to help advise all our students for their life after college and the work that is needed to take their place in the world of musical arts. I will bring my unique perspective to the students in my care and assist this generation of enquiring ‘Hounds’ in daring to dream of endless possibilities.”
“I have proudly returned full-circle to Moravian College, where many of my family are alumni,” noted Suzanne Kompass. “Being appointed artist-in-residence enables me to expand my teaching philosophies and techniques to a wider community. It also allows me to expand the circle of students who study in other areas.”
Artists-in-residence teach courses, practicums, and lessons at Moravian. They also provide students with professional development opportunities in recording, and performance preparation. In addition, they utilize their professional networks to invite world-renowned musicians to campus for performances and master classes. They develop links with professional arts organizations to help students with internships, and assist the College with recruitment and outreach.
Suzanne Kompass is considered an extraordinarily versatile performer, a master voice teacher who has appeared on the great stages of the world; from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. She has worked with luminary conductors and her engagements include concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra.
She has a platinum selling album “A Christmas Homecoming” and a gold DVD, “Scotland the Brave.” Her music takes her in many directions from directing award-winning youth choirs, on-screen soprano soloist in the film “A long kiss goodnight," music coach for the feature film “A Heartbeat Away” and touring as Soprano Soloist with international jazz superstar James Morrison in “Latin Fiesta.”
A leading master voice teacher, her students grace the opera houses, concert halls and theatres across the world. Kompass received the T. Edgar Shields Prize for excellence from Moravian College in 2013.
Sean O’Boyle has conducted recordings and concerts with many leading Australian and international orchestras, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Dortmund Konzert, Lexington Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
His compositions and orchestrations have been performed and or recorded by the major Australian orchestras; European Orchestras include - Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique Divertimento, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and North American Orchestras include - the Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops.
O’Boyle has written for, conducted, directed and collaborated with many artists including; Dame Evelyn Glennie, Adam Lopez, James Morrison, The Whitlams, Tommy Emmanuel, Kate Ceberano, Yvonne Kenny, Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, Suzanne Kompass, David Hobson, Riley Lee, David Campbell, Jane Rutter, Gregory Moore and the electric string trio MASKE. He has written and produced music for more than100 CDs recorded in collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has twice received the coveted ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his work as a composer and his projects have received numerous ARIA nominations & awards (Australian Grammy).
O’Boyle has a keen interest in the music of indigenous Australians and in 2001 he collaborated with didgeridoo maestro, William Barton, in composing his Concerto for Didgeridoo & Orchestra. This concerto was ranked #32 in the ABC Classic FM “The Classic 100 Concertos” & #87 in ABC Classic 100 - 20th Century.
Sean O’Boyle teaches composition, recording techniques, orchestration, film music, and jazz clarinet at Moravian College.
Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, Moravian is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. The College emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates who are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.