Meet the musicians

Sean Elliott

Sean Elliott is a DMA candidate at the West Virginia University School of Music in Morgantown, WV. His main violin instructors include William van der Sloot, Sunmi Chang, Mikylah Myers, Ellen-Maria Willis, and Mary Wilson. A native of Morgantown, he began private lessons at the age of five through the WVU Community Music Program. He now has a B.A. in Music Performance degree from WVU and an M.M. degree from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Sean was the recipient of several collegiate scholarships, including the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation Scholarship Award and was also a winner of the WVU School of  Music Young Artist Competition as an undergraduate in 2016 (with Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5) and as a doctoral student in 2021 (with Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Summer” from  the Four Seasons). He has performed as a soloist in masterclasses with Chris Wu of the Pittsburgh Symphony, major international artists such as Midori Goto and Ray Chen, and as a member of the WVU Graduate Quartet for the sensational group Time for Three and other world-class artists while at WVU. 

Sean led the Round Top Summer Festival Orchestra in Texas as Concertmaster during their 45th season in 2017 and participated in violin and viola chamber music workshops with Boston  Conservatory faculty members Sharan Leventhal and Lila Brown from 2018-2019. He has recently held positions as Concertmaster of the WVU Symphony Orchestra and section violinist of the WVU Graduate String Quartet and was a member of the 2022 and 2023 American Institute  of Musical Studies (AIMS) orchestra in Graz, Austria, performing as a section member and  Assistant Concertmaster. 

Sean currently holds professional positions as the Principal Second Violin of the West Virginia  Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, WV, as Associate Principal Second Violin of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in Wheeling, WV, and as acting Concertmaster of the Monongalia  Symphony Orchestra, Inc., a non-profit community orchestra based in his hometown, Morgantown, WV. He teaches private lessons in the local community, regularly plays with the  Washington Symphony Orchestra and the Black Diamond Philharmonic, and collaborates with students and professional musicians for recitals and concerts at WVU and the surrounding  community.