Ep 70-Sean Perrin on Adding Value as a Living Composer

Ep 70-Sean Perrin on Adding Value as a Living Composer

Sean is an active teacher and performer on both clarinet and percussion, is the host of the clarineat.com podcast, and is the founder of Rubbato Music, Inc. He has played with numerous local ensembles, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, and Bow Valley Chorus, and has appeared on stage with pop acts including Keith Urban, Diana Krall, and Shania Twain.

Sean’s playing can be heard on three commercially-available CDs with the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, two as a substitute player for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and he was recently awarded a substantial commercial recording grant from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, to pursue his first solo project called “Dreamsongs.” As one of Calgary’s most in demand teachers and clinicians Sean teaches privately and is regularly contracted for music workshops by dozens of local schools, The University of Calgary, Mount Royal Conservatory, The Banff Centre, Vic Lewis Music Festival, and the Department of National Defence.

Sean obtained a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from the University of Calgary in 2009.

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Clarinetist, entrepreneur, and podcaster Sean Perrin discusses how living composers can add value to their work and engage with their audience and performers.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Podcasting to solve a problem
  • Lori Freedman
  • The 52 week job project
  • The appearance of competition
  • Grant writing
  • Offering something to the grant
  • Not being focused on yourself
  • Difficulty of networking with composers
  • Composers as a different class of musician
  • Pet peeves of composer behaviors
  • Adding value as a composer
  • Frank Ticheli
  • Writing program notes
  • Terminology


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  1. Sean Perrin May 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for having me on the show Garrett! I think you’ve got an awesome thing going here and I had a lot of fun talking with you!

    • admin May 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      So glad to have you featured as a guest! Great episode and a wonderful conversation. Thank you. 🙂

  2. Mark J Connor May 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for another terrific episode Garrett and Sean. I’m always intrigued by the episodes with performers because they bring a fresh perspective to the podcast.

    As a composer who has “niched down” to winds and band, the clarinet is central to what I do. It’s often the first voice I imagine when sitting down to a blank score and has figured prominently into some of my best music.

    Thanks again!

    • admin May 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Mark! I agree that Sean brought a fresh and interesting perspective to the podcast. BTW, you’re getting a shout out in an upcoming episode. 😉

    • Sean Perrin May 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the episode Mark! I look forward to checking out your music.

  3. Charlie McCarron May 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Great chat, guys! I also sometimes have that feeling of “Why should I do X if it already exists?”

    Sean, I’d be happy to be a guest on your show if you’re still searching. Here’s my pitch: I wrote music for a clarinet, cello, and piano trio to play live with the surrealist play Ghost Sonata. I wrote the bulk of this 30-minute score in a week. I’ve also written for clarinet in various ensembles, including a live film score orchestra. We could talk about my sad attempts to learn clarinet (and maybe you can give some tips for composers!). We could also chat about my upcoming Composer Quest podcast world tour if that sounds intriguing to you.


    • admin May 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hi, Charlie! I’m glad you liked the interview. I’m excited about your world tour and to listen to all those interviews!

    • Sean Perrin June 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Hi Chalrie,

      Thank you for your comment! I’ve actually been checking out your Composer Quest podcast and the related Kickstarter. I think having you on the show would be a blast and I’ll get in touch soon. Mark, if you’re reading this I’ll contact you as well over the summer to get in touch regarding this.

      Thank you for listening and sharing your thoughts!


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