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Outstanding Alumni|College of Arts and Sciences

Sean D. Ambrose -- 2007 Outstanding Alumnus

Bachelor of Music - 1987

     A third generation Wyoming native, Sean Ambrose’s career as a music educator is evidence of his dedication to liberal arts. Currently, Ambrose is the music curriculum coordinator for Laramie County School District Number One. He supervises curriculum development, budget, assessment, and activities for 45 music educators who serve more than 13,000 students K-12. “I have never worked with a more professional or more passionate music educator in my tenure as a school administrator,” says Dan Stephan, superintendent of schools for Laramie County.
     In addition to his administrative duties, Ambrose is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, sharing his enthusiasm for music with gifted young people. A strong advocate for music education, he was part of the initial state consortium that developed the Wyoming Fine and Performing Arts Standards, and he continues to implement and revise those standards at the state level. Ambrose is president of the Wyoming Music Educators Association.
     In addition to his administrative duties, Ambrose is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, sharing his enthusiasm for music with gifted young people. A strong advocate for music education, he was part of the initial state consortium that developed the Wyoming Fine and Performing Arts Standards, and he continues to implement and revise those standards at the state level. Ambrose is president of the Wyoming Music Educators Association.
     An active community member, Ambrose served on the Cheyenne Symphony Board for nine years. He is involved with the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players—both as an actor  and musician, is assistant conductor of the Cheyenne Chamber Singers, and recently became conductor of the Cheyenne Civic Concert Band. Ambrose also leads the Cheyenne Trombone Ensemble.
     Ambrose plays trombone and is a vocalist, and he has toured throughout the United States, Brazil, and Europe as both a performer and conductor. He has worked with the Teton Festival Orchestra, at Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
     As the only full-time music coordinator in Wyoming, Ambrose is among the driving forces behind music education in the state. Music educators value his expertise, leadership, and calm demeanor. Also, Ambrose is deeply committed to UW’s music program and helps place student teachers in Cheyenne, promotes hiring UW graduates, and mentors beginning teachers. “Sean Ambrose is all the things that we expect our graduates to be,” notes Kathleen McKeage, coordinator of music education, UW Department of Music. “He is an accomplished musician and teacher, a leader in his field, and a role model for our students.”

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