Lecturer in Flute
M.M., The Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington
B.M., The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
Sean Gabriel's main teachers were William J. Hebert and James J. Pellerite. As the current principal flutist of the Opera Cleveland Orchestra, Gabriel has taken part in performances since 1988, including the historic Three Tenors Concert at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2000. Sean is also the principal flutist of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, our city’s award winning new music ensemble. With the group, Gabriel has taken part in dozens of world premiere performances including one written by former music director Edwin London entitled Scenes for Flute and Orchestra. This work was recorded by Mr. Gabriel and the Chamber Symphony for the Albany label in 2001. Mr. Gabriel is heard playing the flute part in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony recording of Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques featuring pianist, Angelin Chang. This recording won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra. Works that have been written for Mr. Gabriel include Dance Moments 2000 for flute and piano by New York composer Matthew Greenbaum, and a work for flute and percussion entitled Pinions Lie Down in Tin by Cleveland composer and pianist Eric Ziolek. Sean Gabriel has been a member of the flute section of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra under four music directors, (Eiji Oue, Peter Bay, Hugh Keelan and current Music Director, Daniel Meyer) performing a wide variety of symphonic repertoire. He has also been an orchestral and chamber musician at the Baldwin Wallace University Bach Festivals , The Bach and Handel Society of Cleveland, The Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Gabriel also serves on the faculty of the music department at the Cleveland State University.