B i o g r a p h y
Awarded the Order of Australia in 2015, Sean O'Boyle AM is a New York / Bethlehem / Sunshine Coast based Australian composer/conductor/educator, who splits his time between the USA and his native land of Australia. His compositions have been performed and or recorded by all the major Australian orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne , Adelaide , Tasmanian, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and by European Orchestras including; Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique Divertimento. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and by North American orchestras including the Dallas, Lexington, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
In 2002, he was featured exclusively at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where his compositions were performed live for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2000, Sean composed the ABC’s Olympic theme for use during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Broadcast which was subsequently performed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In 2009 Sean wrote & arranged music for “The Ashes”– the greatest cricketing event in the world.
He has written and produced music for more than 100 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 (Australian Grammy) nominations & awards.
Sean 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's writing for Film & TV started in the 1980's as copyist for the horror film “Dr. Giggles” back and grew steadily to many projects for the small and large screens.
Sean is a master orchestrator and has contributed much to the concert platform, opera & ballet.
As a Conductor, Sean has conducted in concert halls as diverse as the iconic Sydney Opera House - Avery Fischer Hall (NYC) – Queens Hall (London) – Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto) to great concert spaces under the stars in outback Australia.
Sean and his wife Suzanne, have a home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where they spend part of the year as Artists-In-Residence, teaching at the USA's 6th oldest University - Moravian College. Sean teaches in the Franklin room, across the hall from the George Washington room, where part of the 1777 Continental Congress was held.
In July 2017, Sean was appointed Artistic Director, Music, at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia
Sean is Chief Arranger and Composer in Residence of the Queensland Pops Orchesra.