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Sean Parsons

Associate Professor of Instruction – Contemporary Music and Digital Instruments, Jazz Studies, Music Theory

Sean Parsons is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Originally from Illinois, Parsons holds a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master's degree in jazz studies from DePaul University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois.

Parsons leads the Ohio University Contemporary Music and Digital Instrument (CMDI) program, designed for students who seek to learn to use today’s tools to develop music literacy and forge new careers in music. In addition to this position Parsons instructs classes in jazz studies, music theory, and piano.  

Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Parsons has held faculty positions at Marshall University and Illinois Wesleyan University. He is in demand as a performer and clinician nationwide. Parsons has been invited to direct several All-State and district big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles and has shared the stage with many of the most notable musicians in jazz including Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Turre, and Randy Brecker.  He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Ohio Valley Symphony.

In addition to his duties at Ohio University, Parsons serves as a member of the Athens City School Board and as a jiu jitsu instructor.

Educational Background:

B.M., Music Composition, Illinois Wesleyan University M.M., Jazz Studies, DePaul University D.M.A., Performance in Jazz Studies, University of Illinois