A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Dr. Sey Ahn is a passionate musician who, with her characteristic zeal and unrelenting standard, loves to energize, challenge, and inspire young musicians. For over ten years, Ahn has been invited to work extensively with talented young musicians in many youth orchestras around the country. Ahn has been invited as a guest conductor of the All-State Orchestra in states such as Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky. Since 2011, Ahn has served as the Guest Conductor in Residence at Diamond Bar High School in California, whose Symphony Orchestra has won numerous national accolades at events such as the 2019 National Orchestra Cup: New York City, 2018 Sonoma Music Festival: Sonoma, California, and the 2017 ASTA Orchestra Festival: Pittsburgh. Ahn is also a frequent evaluator and clinician for all-state orchestra festivals, chamber music festivals, and the annual Music for All Festival held in Indianapolis. Ahn has served as the Assistant Conductor of the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America since 2012.
Dr. Sey Ahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and started her initial conducting studies at Northwestern University, where she studied piano with Alan Chow and James Giles, and conducting with Victor Yampolsky. She earned two Master of Music degrees, in piano and orchestral conducting, from the University of Southern California, where she studied piano with Norman Krieger, and conducting with Larry Livingston. She earned a Doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Kentucky with her dissertation titled “Ictus or Rebound? The Experience of Behind-the-beat Playing in Orchestral Conducting.” During her time at the University of Kentucky, Ahn also served as the Assistant Conductor of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, the UK Symphony Orchestra, and the UK Opera Theatre.