Sean Radermacher serves as conductor of the University of Kentucky Philharmonia and assistant conductor of the UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Opera Theatre. Sean currently pursues his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kentucky, studying with John Nardolillo.
Sean earned a Master of Music in orchestral conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Carl Topilow. He earned Bachelor (summa cum laude) and Master degrees in violin performance from Duquesne University where he studied with Charles and Rachel Stegeman.
Sean’s recent engagements include conducting with Sault Ste. Marie Opera, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra. Sean appeared repeatedly as associate conductor at the Sunflower Music Festival and assistant conductor at Buzzards Bay Musicfest, while also performing as a violinist in the orchestras.
Sean has attended international conducting masterclasses and workshops in Maine, South Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, Maryland, California, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. He has conducted in multiple masterclasses led by Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, and Markand Thakar. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sean continued to engage in virtual workshops including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the College Orchestra Directors Association Symposium, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians Summer Masterclasses.
As an orchestral violinist, Sean has performed with ensembles including the Erie Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
As orchestra librarian, Sean served Duquesne University’s ensembles in the 2019-2020 season, assisting conductors Daniel Meyer and Robert Cameron. Sean currently supports the University of Kentucky orchestras in a variety of behind-the-scenes roles, from preparing music parts to designing camera scripts for video-capture performances.