- M.M., Choral Conducting, Michigan State University, 2004
- B.A., Music, Calvin College, 1992
Sean Ivory is adjunct professor of music at Calvin College where he serves as the principal conductor of the Calvin Oratorio Society and conductor of the Campus Choir, a mixed choral ensemble with student membership from across all disciplines of the college. Since 1992, Mr. Ivory has been the vocal music instructor at Forest Hills Central High School. He is also the director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus and its select treble ensemble, Mandala. He has held positions at St. Cecilia Music Society and the North American Choral Company.
Mr. Ivory attended Northwestern University, Calvin College and Michigan State University. His choirs have performed at both state and regional conventions for the American Choral Directors Association, and have toured Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Ghana and the Czech Republic.
Mr. Ivory has arranged and composed several published works (in collaboration with Chicago composer Paul Caldwell) including Go Where I Send Thee, Ani Ma'Amin, John the Revelator, and Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down. Hope for Resolution: A Song for Mandela and DeKlerk continues to be a staple of choirs all over the world, and was recently recorded on the CD/DVD A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway. Mr. Ivory’s works are published by Earthsongs, GIA Music and Hal Leonard. In 2014, Paul and Sean conducted a concert of their music at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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