Assistant Teaching Professor of Music
Sean Paul Mills is a native of Eureka, California and attended Humboldt State University, the University of Oregon (Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees), and the University of Iowa (Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violoncello Performance and Pedagogy – cognate area: Orchestral Conducting). He studied cello with Horatio Edens, Dr. Robert Hladky, Terry King, and Charles Wendt, and conducting with Dr. Phillip Kates, Dr. Madeline Schatz, Marsha Mabrey, Dr. Royce Saltzman, and James Dixon. Sean has also participated in workshops and festivals with Helmuth Rilling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dr. Weston Noble, Gunther Schuller, and Dr. Donald Neuen.
Sean has performed as cellist and conductor in California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Austria as a member of the Humboldt Symphony, the Humboldt Chamber Players, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Quad City Symphony, the Manzanita Piano Trio, the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, and other ensembles. He has also served on the faculties of Grinnell College, Kirkwood Community College, Coconino Community College, Chemeketa Community College, and Oregon State University. He is a Founder of the Flagstaff Light Opera Company (FLOC) and has also served as Music Director & Conductor for the FLOC, the Coconino Community Orchestra, and the Coconino Chamber Orchestra, as the Director of Music at The Church of the Red Rocks, Music Director of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, as the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Red Rock Community Chorale & Chamber Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Willamette Valley Symphony. Sean is also an active member of the League of American Orchestras, the Conductors Guild, and the College Orchestra Directors Association.
Sean is presently an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the School of Music at Ball State University. He resides in Muncie, Indiana with his wife, Susana (Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ball State University), son, Daniel, and Bernese Mountain Dog, Boomerang.
He performs on a cello made by William John Acton (London, 1905).
Doctor of Musical Arts - Cello Performance and Pedagogy
University of Iowa
Artistic Director and Conductor
Salem Philharmonic Orchestra