Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Sean Kennard Joins Stetson Faculty

Sean Kennard, asst. professor of piano, Stetson University School of Music. Photo credit to Grace Song.

I love teaching and will always consider it a vital aspect of my musical career.

Sean Kennard, an internationally acclaimed classical pianist who has won many piano competitions and played as a soloist with orchestras around the world, has been selected as assistant professor of piano for the Stetson University School of Music. Kennard replaces Professor Michael Rickman, D.M.A. and Steinway Artist, who retired this month after 34 years.

“The School of Music faculty search committee, chaired by Professor David Bjella, reviewed well over 150 qualified applicants for this very important position and brought several candidates to campus,” said Thomas Masse, D.M.A., dean of the School of Music. “As soon as we had a chance to meet Sean Kennard, watch him teach, hear him play, and see how he interacted with students and colleagues, it was clear to the entire School of Music community that Sean would be a wonderful match for Stetson, and Stetson for Sean.

“He is a young artist of rare gifts and has the wisdom and maturity of a seasoned faculty member. I know I speak for everyone when I say we are very much looking forward to Mr. Kennard’s appointment,” Masse said.

“I love teaching and will always consider it a vital aspect of my musical career,” said Kennard, 32. “For me, doing so within the framework of an institution and contributing to a larger program is even better. I believe it will be a wonderful collaboration and anticipate many great years ahead.”

At Stetson, Kennard also will oversee the Great Pianists at Stetson series and already has lined up artists for the upcoming academic year. The series will…

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