Sean Friar is a composer of music for orchestras, chamber ensembles, electronics, found objects, and invented instruments. He writes visceral, exploratory, and often humorous music that Slate Magazine called  “refreshingly new and solidly mature… and doesn’t take on airs, but instead takes joy in the process of discovery – in the continual experience of suspense and surprise – that good classical music has always championed.” He splits his time between Southern California and Colorado. He taught composition at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music from 2013-2020 and became Chair of Composition at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in 2020. He is also Director of the summer composition programs at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy and the Sunset ChamberFest in California.