Ertan Seyyar Sener is a graduate of the
Hartt School of Music with a conducting degree. Mr. Sener founded
and performed regularly with Steel Sunrise Steel Drum Band, which released
their debut recording in July 2001. He has taught at schools
such as: Kingswood Oxford Middle School (Director of Instrumental
Music), The Hartford Conservatory, The Greater Hartford Academy of Performing
Arts, The University of Connecticut (West Hartford), The Metropolitan
Learning Center (Bloomfield, C.R.E.C.), and (The Renbrook School Director of Percussion
is currently Director of the
Hartt School Elementary and Middle School Percussion Ensembles,
President of the Studio of Electronic Music, Inc., as well as
guest teacher/conductor/performer at many public and private
institutions throughout Connecticut. Mr.
Sener is former President and Associate Conductor of The Connecticut
Valley Chamber Orchestra and former Assistant Conductor of The
Manchester Symphony. He
has performed as percussionist with: Waterbury Symphony, Wallingford
Symphony, New Britain Symphony and New Britain Chorale.
Mr. Sener had the pleasure of studying
and interviewing American composer Lou Harrison on a number of occasions,
particularly on his Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra. Mr.
Sener recorded the Concerto in 1995 with the Hartt Percussion Ensemble
and presented it to Mr. Harrison. In a letter soon thereafter, Mr.
Harrison wrote; “The young conductor had a good sense of the flow
of each movement and a right comprehension of the entire work. I
found it a pleasure to listen to, and noted the details were well understood
in each movement.” The Concerto was recorded again in 1999
with the Hartt Percussion Ensemble. The Compact Disc was distributed
throughout Turkey and parts of Europe. Mr. Sener traveled to Ankara,
Turkey with the New Dimensions Ensemble as part of the 19th annual Ankara
International Music Festival, performing the works of some pinnacle American
composers of the twentieth century avant-garde.
Mr. Sener is concerned with the quality
of music education within our society, particularly with what is offered
to the general public. Mr. Sener, for three years, has offered a
free to the public lecture series held at the Simsbury Public Library. (" Music
Through Time") was the first set of six lectures that offered techniques
in how to listen to music more intently. The second series of lectures
entitled, ("Music Through Time: Through the Opera Glass"), Mr. Sener took
an in-depth look at the operas that were part of Connecticut Opera’s
season. The third entitled “Music for the Birds”, looked
at the use of bird calls in music from early music to the twentieth century,
focusing on the works of Olivier Messiaen.