Fr. Seán Duggan

PROGRAM

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
  1. Sinfonia
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Rondeaus
  6. Capriccio
J.S. Bach
From New Fantasies (1991) Yehudi Wyner
From Vingt Regards sur 'enfant-Jésus
  1. Regard de l'Eglise d'amour
Messiaen
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Chorale from Cantata No. 147) Bach-Hess
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
  2. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Beethoven

 


FR. SEÁN BRETT DUGGAN, piano

Seán Duggan, OSB, pianist, is a monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana.  Father Seán's extraordinary affinity for the music of Bach was recognized early in his career when he won first place, on two separate occasions, in the International Bach Competition in Washington, D.C.  In 2000 he performed the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works eight times in various American and European cities.  For seven years he hosted a weekly program, Bach on Sunday, on the New Orleans NPR station.  He is currently in the midst of recording the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard (piano) music, which will comprise 24 CDs.

Father Seán obtained music degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans and Carnegie Mellon University, and received a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  From 1988 to 2001 he taught music, Latin, and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at St. Joseph Abbey.

Before he joined the Benedictine order, he was pianist and assistant chorus master for the Pittsburgh Opera Company for three years.  Father Seán has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the American Chamber Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia.

Currently an associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia, Father Seán was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Michigan from 2004 to 2010 and at Eastman School of Music during the fall term of 2008.  He has been a guest artist and adjudicator at the Chautauqua Institution for several summers and is also a faculty member of the Golandsky Institute.  He continues to study the Taubman Approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City.

“At long last, through the Taubman Approach, I have found the ideal means to near-effortless, directed physical mastery of keyboard technique. Each time that I watch the Taubman Technique videos I discover yet another nuance of this very elegant approach to the correct application of technique to physical and musical performance!”

Stanley G. Rockson, M.D.