Sean Gabriel

Lecturer of Flute
M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Sean Gabriel

Sean GabrielLecturer of Flute

M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
B.M., The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music


Sean Gabriel’s main flute teachers were William J. Hebert and James J. Pellerite. Gabriel is the current principal flutist of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, our city’s award-winning new music ensemble. With this group, Gabriel has taken part in dozens of world-premiere performances including one written by founding music director and composer Edwin London entitled “Scenes for Flute and Orchestra.” This work was recorded by Gabriel and the Chamber Symphony for the Albany label in 2001 and has been played by radio stations throughout the United States. Gabriel performed the flute part in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s recording of Olivier Messiaen’s “Oiseaux Exotiques” featuring pianist Angelin Chang. This recording won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra. Works that have been written for Gabriel include “Dance Moments 2000” for flute and piano by New York composer Matthew Greenbaum, a work for flute and percussion entitled “Pinions Lie Down in Tin” by Cleveland composer and pianist Eric Ziolek and a work for flute and orchestra by JingJing Luo entitled “Lagrimas y Voces.” Gabriel was principal flutist of the Opera Cleveland Orchestra from 2002 to 2010 and has performed since 1988 in over fifty staged opera productions. He was also a member of the Lyric Opera Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. Gabriel has been a member of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra under four music directors – Eiji Oue, Peter Bay, Hugh Keelan and current music director Daniel Meyer – performing a wide range of symphonic repertoire, and he has been an orchestral and chamber musician for the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festivals and the Bach and Handel Society of Cleveland. Gabriel also serves as flute instructor in the music department at Cleveland State University.