Professional communities like IDACDA are critical gathering spaces to share our recent challenges, sorrows, joys, successes, and dreams for the future. A mentor and friend of mine once told me, “Isolation is the kiss of death.” We need one another to continue to thrive as choir directors.
When I joined IDACDA I was absolutely floored by the authentic sense of camaraderie and compassion that it provided its members. I’m passionate about continuing to foster that sense of connection between this vast and varied network of passionate and talented choral conductors, educators, and artists.
I look forward to expanding membership to educators across the state, reaching out to the next generation of choral educators by enriching our student membership programs and offerings. I hope to continue to build upon the wonderful fall conference experience for our membership, and find more ways to connect through the year after that experience.
This is a special organization that has done so much for me. I’m honored to be able to serve it in any capacity I can.
Sean Kane is currently the director of choirs at Timberline High School in Boise, ID. From 2008-2015 he served as director of choirs at Gonzaga Preparatory High School in Spokane, WA. Choirs under his direction have been invited to State and regional ACDA and NAfME convention performances, including ACDA-NW in Spokane, WA in 2022. His choirs are regular recipients of top honors, awards and superior ratings at local and regional festivals. His program received the “Outstanding Choral Department” award from CBC’s Jazz Unlimited festival in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Choirs under his direction have performed across the United States, from St. John the Divine in New York City to The Los Angeles Cathedral.
Sean has been an active member of ACDA his entire career, both in Washington State and in Idaho. He has served as the ID-ACDA Repertory R&S Coordinator, R&S Multicultural chair, was named the ID-ACDA 2019 “Conductor of the Year”, and the 2021 IMEA DIII Music Educator of the Year. He has presented at various conferences, has been a solo and ensemble judge, festival judge, and was the guest clinician for the Canyon County High School Honor Choir, and District IV High School Honor Choir. As a vocalist, Sean has sung with the Spokane Choral Artists and with the Northwest Bach Festival.
Sean has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (and Biology) from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Education from Montana State University. He is the proud father of three children: Melia, Corinne, and Samuel.