Sean Thrower is a guitarist with interest and versatility in an eclectic mix of playing styles and genres, which has led him to perform in a wide variety of settings and venues. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music performance from the University of Georgia where he studied classical guitar with renowned pedagogue, John Sutherland (a protégé of Andrés Segovia). Sean is also an author and composer with two published guitar method books. As a teacher, Sean has taught many students through his own studio and various institutions. In 2015, he founded the Rome Guitar Institute in Rome, Georgia, where he has instructed students of all ages on electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, as well as bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. Currently, he is on staff as Adjunct Professor of Music at Berry College, Dalton State College, and Georgia Highlands College.
Early Band Experience:
A native of middle Georgia (USA), Sean began playing guitar and trumpet at age 11. A few years later, he was writing music and lyrics, singing, and swapping lead and rhythm guitar in his first rock band. Since then he has played with and fronted numerous bands and jazz ensembles.
From the time Sean first picked up the electric guitar, he devoted extensive private study to a variety of styles, and towards the top performers of those styles. He then sought to further his music education in hopes of removing any boundaries between capability and musical expression. At 18, Sean began studying classical guitar with Professor Terry Cantwell. Two years later, under the recommendation of Prof. Cantwell, he moved to Athens, Georgia to study under John Sutherland at the University of Georgia, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Music Performance. During his undergraduate studies, Sean also had the privilege to study jazz improvisation under Steve Dancz, to perform as a solo guitarist with the UGA Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs, and to give a performance as guitarist for the UGA Men’s Varsity Singers.
Sean also received his Master of Music degree from UGA as a teaching assistant under the instruction of Dr. Philip Snyder, founding member of the Georgia Guitar Quartet. Through his assistantship, Sean taught the Guitar Methods course (MUSI 3400). Upon request, Sean performed for his own graduation convocation to an audience of his fellow professors, graduating classmates, and all of their invited guests.
Master Classes & Clinics:
Sean has performed at master classes for multiple Grammy winning artists including David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Pepe Romero, and Sheron Isbin. He has also performed for Brazilian guitarist Eduardo Meirinhos. With interest in other worldly sounds and cultures, he has also been a part of several master classes with Indian classical performers of the sitar and the sarod, from which he has furthered his exposure to Eastern melodies and rhythms.