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Composer Bio

Contemporary Opera for Musical Theater Fans

Sean Pflueger is a Washington DC-area singer and composer with a focus on works for the voice. His music has been performed by The College Light Opera Company, Opera On Tap- Twin Cities & DC Metro, Riverbend Opera Company, Forgotten Opera Company, James Madison University, and churches in the DC-metro area. His opera, Brunch with the Boys, received rave reviews for his writing from and DC Theater Arts. It also received "Best Ensemble" at the Capital Fringe Festvial, July 2023. Prior works for the stage include Children in the Mist, a horror opera for 14 soloists and chorus based on the Stephen King short story "The Mist," which premiered at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival; Brides and Mothers, a chamber opera for 4 women, and Do Not Disturb, an original farce for 10 soloists, piano, and woodwind quartet,  premiered at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. Hailed for its "fine, contemporary musical score" (MD Theatre Guide) and "complicated and beautiful melodies," (DC Metro Theatre Arts), Children in the Mist was awarded Best of the Capital Fringe from DC Theatre Scene, and a Top Pick by Huffington Post and Brightest Young Things.  The Pier Point Lobster Race, a one act operetta commissioned by the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA, premiered in June 2018 in Cape Cod to rave reviews. His short opera The Handoff won the Really Spicy Opera Quarantine Initiative and is available online.


He has done numerous commissions and arrangement of sacred songs for solo voice, instrumental ensembles, and choir. His 5- song cycle for female voice What's for Dinner: A Guide to Managing Expectations (Lyric by Laura W. Fuentes) has been performed many times with Chicken Dinner Impromptu becoming a popular favorite for sopranos in recital across the country. Other original works for the voice include a a 12-song cycle of William Blake poems entitled The Songs of Innocence, an oratorio, and choral settings of the poetry of William Cullen Bryant, including “Thy Creation,” “All things on earth shall wholly pass away,” and “The Prairies”. He received commissions by for two choral pieces "For I know the plan" and "Sacrum Convivium" by Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, VA. He composed the theme for "Mason Out Loud" a podcast from George Mason University's English Department. Mr. Pflueger studied composition with John Hilliard at James Madison University. He studied orchestration with Larry Blank Broadway and Television Orchestrator and Steve Rothstein of UCLA. He is the recipient of the Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County for music composition.

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