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Sean Pallatroni '06

Sean Pallatroni is an EMMY® Award-Winning composer, music teacher, accompanist, and performer in Manhattan, New York. He graduated from Derryfield in 2006 after four years of involvement in the arts and went onto the Hartt School at the University of Hartford to earn his BA in music composition. Pallatroni then went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for his MFA in musical theatre writing. After graduating from Tisch, he became a composer for Connecticut Public Broadcasting and a music theory teacher at the college and high school levels. Pallatroni has continued his work in composition for commercial, classical, theatrical, and marketing purposes. He has had shows at the New York Musical Fest and has directed over 30 shows throughout New York and New England. Now, in addition to his work in composing, Pallatroni works as an accompanist for RIOULT Dance NY and Pace University. Pictured above is Pallatroni working as an accompanist for a ballet class in Central Park. While at Derryfield, he found his roots in music. He remembers the overwhelming joy he felt as a freshman while watching Derryfield’s production of Children of Eden. After that performance, Palltroni became a member of the pit band, jazz band, choir, and select choir as well as an integral part of the behind-the-scenes of Derryfield’s theatrical productions. He remembers his mentor and freshman advisor and choral director, Laurel Devino, as the catalyst for his career, confidence, and success. Ms. Devino advocated for and encouraged Pallatroni in the arts and music and pushed him to try new areas of the medium.

“The nice thing about DS was that they were incredibly flexible and had the most wonderful faculty that kept pushing us to do more. Even when it pushed us out of our comfort zone, they wanted us to do more, and that really made me grow.”
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