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Sean McGowan

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department


​Sean McGowan is a guitarist from Maine who combines many diverse influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His first recording, "River Coffee" won the Best Independent Release of the Year Award (2002) from "Acoustic Guitar" magazine. Music from the CD has been featured on BBC’s Great Guitars radio program, and has been published in Japan’s "Acoustic Guitar" magazine and Mel Bay’s "Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3."

Mc​​​​​Gowan has collaborated with several dance and improvisation companies including the Portland Ballet, and has performed as an accompanist for several dance festivals including the American College Dance Festival. He has also performed at several guitar festivals including the Classic American Guitar Show in New York and the Newport Guitar Festival.

McGowan graduated with a DMA in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Performance at the University of Colorado Denver. He has served as an artist/clinician for the Maine Arts Commission since 2000 and also as guitar faculty for the University of Maine and Bowdoin College.

He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. Sean is a strong advocate for injury prevention and health education for musicians, and his workshops incorporate a holistic approach to playing. He is a frequent lesson and article contributor for "Acoustic Guitar," "Guitar Teacher," and "Jazz Improv" magazines.