A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey
Ahn is currently the Director of Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Illinois
Wesleyan University. Ahn has served as the Guest Conductor in Residence at Diamond
Bar High School for over ten years, whose Symphony Orchestra has won numerous national
accolades. Ahn is a frequent Evaluator and Clinician at the annual Music for All Festival
held in Indianapolis. She has also been the Assistant Conductor of the Music for All
Honor Orchestra of America since 2012. Ahn previously held the position of Music Director
and Professor of Conducting at the University of California Santa Barbara. Ahn has
worked extensively with young musicians in many youth orchestras around the country.
She has been invited as a guest conductor of All-State Festivals in states such as
Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa,
and Kentucky. Ahn has led orchestral performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall and
Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Hilbert Theater in Indianapolis
and Alice Tully Hall in New York.
Sey Ahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University,
where she studied piano with Alan Chow and James Giles, and started her conducting
studies with Victor Yampolsky. She earned two Master of Music degrees, in piano and
orchestral conducting, from the University of Southern California, where she studied
piano with Norman Krieger, and conducting with Larry Livingston, She earned a Doctorate
in orchestral conducting at the University of Kentucky, where she studied with John
Nardolillo, and served as Assistant Conductor to the University of Kentucky Symphony
Orchestra and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.