Aug 15, 2017
Authenticity and Experience, with Sean Baugh (Part
2, Following “Equality and Dignity for All People”) Turtle Creek
Chorale does not do “stand and sing” concerts. Balancing music with
a message is a difficult journey with great rewards, for both the
musicians and the audience. Sean discusses the importance of
balance in your programming, and gives you guidelines for
programming a concert with an activist purpose. Musicians are, at
the core, humanitarians. Listen: Highlight
to Tweet: “Don’t end with a big smack in the face.
End with material that everyone can grab on to.” - Sean Baugh
- Before you program a concert with a message, you have to know
where your musicians stand. Get to know them and their
- Social activism can have a real impact. After the Pulse
nightclub shooting in Orlando, TCC put together a 3 hour long
concert in 2 days that raised $18,000 and was viewed by 37,000
people live and online.
- 24-hour Sing In to bring attention to trans* issues.
- Balance is key. Balance your message just as you balance your
- Making people uncomfortable is not the goal, although you do
want to make them think.
- Sometimes programming for social issues is scary and uncertain.
Trust your gut, and if a particular piece would take away from your
performance, then don’t program it.
- “Audience members will accept anything you want to sing to them
as long as you do it with authenticity and from experience.” -Sean
- Audiences are probably more open than we give them credit for,
as long as you are performing with authenticity.
- Musicians are, at the core, humanitarians.
Now in his fourth season, Sean Mikel Baugh is
the Artistic Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale. Originally from
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sean studied music at Oklahoma Baptist University
and the University of Central Oklahoma and was awarded a Master of
Music in Conducting degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at
Southern Methodist University where he was named outstanding
graduate conductor. At the Meadows School, Sean served as assistant
conductor of the world-renowned Meadows Wind Ensemble. He has
studied with Nancy Hill Cobb, Jack Delaney, Paul Phillips and many
others. Sean has been called “expressive and incredibly dynamic, a
consummate musician with a side of showman. He exhilarates audience
members and singers alike.” He is regularly praised for his
innovative programming and expressive technique. His choirs have
enjoyed positive reviews and have been lauded for their musicality
and emotional performances. An active advocate for male choral
music, Sean regularly commissions new works from established
composers. Sean also serves as Associate Director of Music and
Worship for Dallas-based Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ
where he leads the choir and orchestra for Sunday worship services.
Cathedral of Hope is the world’s largest congregation with a
primary outreach to the LGBT community. Sean is in demand
nation-wide as speaker, guest-conductor and clinician. He has
served on the music faculty of the University of Dallas and is an
active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Gay
& Lesbian Association of Choruses, Texas Choral Directors
Association and Chorus America. Resources/links
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