Corey Seapy is a dynamic conductor and educator, who has spent the last thirteen years maximizing the artistic potential of a wide variety of ensembles. His versatility has allowed him to work with wind ensembles and orchestras of all ages and ability levels. He is committed to sharing meaningful repertoire, and has led works by historically significant composers including Bach, Beethoven, Copland, Grainger, Holst, Mahler, Mozart, Strauss, Stravinsky, and Varése. As a champion of new music, Dr. Seapy has recently commissioned works by Robert J. Bradshaw and Stefanie Lubkowski, and has premiered over a dozen student compositions.
He serves as Director of Bands at Millikin University, where he leads the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting, music theory, and ear training. Recent projects with the MSWE include commissions, world premieres, collaborations with dancers, filmmakers, and animators, and a variety of recording projects. Dr. Seapy is an active guest conductor in Illinois, presents frequently at national, regional, and state conferences, and recently received the third place award from the American Prize in Conducting - College/University Division. Prior to living in the Midwest, Dr. Seapy conducted and taught in Massachusetts, where he served as Music Director of the Charles River Wind Ensemble and Director of Bands at Ipswich High School. He holds conducting degrees from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory (MO) and Ithaca College (NY), along with a degree in Music Education from Gordon College (MA). He has led award-winning student ensembles in venues such as Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, and on tour in England and Florida.
Dr. Seapy was recently appointed Director of Bands at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, where he joined the faculty in Summer 2019. Prior to this appointment, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and studied conducting with Steven D. Davis. Recent performances in Kansas City featured works by Grantham, Pann, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. Dr. Seapy worked closely with composer Robert J. Bradshaw to premiere The Cost of Compassion, a piece in which music, narration, and dance rely on real-time audience input. He also premiered a work by Viet Cuong with the UMKC Saxophone Ensemble at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Cincinnati. Alongside his conducting and scholarly activity at UMKC, Dr. Seapy assisted with the Conservatory Wind Symphony, Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and all Bands Department activities. In 2017, he helped organize and host the biennial National Conference for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
Dr. Seapy also holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Ithaca College (NY), where he studied with Stephen Peterson, Cynthia Johnston Turner, and Jeffery Meyer. As a graduate assistant, he worked with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble among other groups, gave conducting recitals, and assisted with conducting classes. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Gordon College (MA), where he studied conducting with David Rox, Gerald Dolan, and Kenneth Phillips, and clarinet with Bill Kirkley.
Dr. Seapy resides in Decatur, where he loves to study music and spend time with his wife, Chelsea, a fellow musician-educator, and their excitable dog, Koji.