Director of Continuing Education and Summer Session; Music Technology
Prior to joining NEC’s School of Continuing Education, Sean Hagon was Director of Music for six years at Pingree School, a private college preparatory school in South Hamilton, Mass. While at Pingree, Hagon directed the jazz and chamber music ensembles, started a percussion and guitar ensemble program, taught advanced placement music theory, and pioneered Pingree’s first-ever music technology lab, with courses in music production and technology. He also supervised Pingree’s private music studio. Hagon also conducted and performed with the pit orchestra for Pingree’s musicals, which earned him a nomination by the North Shore Music Theater Spotlight Awards for Best Orchestra in the 2009 performance of Zombie Prom.
An experienced and well-rounded musician in all genres, Hagon graduated cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music focusing on music technology, composition, and music education. He also received his diploma in Media Composition from the accredited Music For The Media of the London School of Creative Studies. While pursuing media composition, Hagon studied with Charles Fernandez, who is known for his orchestrations and compositions for HBO’s “The Band of Brothers,” The Butterfly Effect, Disney’s 101 Dalmations, numerous film trailers, including The Haunting, Windtalkers, Castaway, and his many contributions to Disney, MGM, and Universal. In May of 2009 Hagon received his master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in Music Technology.
Hagon has extensive computer music and music technology expertise and is a composer, orchestrator, and conductor for the film, video game, television and advertisement industries. Hagon is an active film and TV composer represented by The Music Collective and is a member of BMI. He has composed music for the Celebrity Build television series on Fox Sports Net New England, Genealogy Roadshow on PBS, The History Channel and other major TV networks. Hagon has also composed the music score for the German independent film Cibe and is in the midst of his next film score for Luminosity. Hagon also serves as the Creative Director for Sound Advice, a company that produces radio jingles for clients and musical freestyles for members of the United States Dressage Federation.
Hagon was born and raised just outside of Boston and at the age of five began musical studies that included trumpet, voice, violin, and piano. Hagon spent much of his time recording and performing nationally in the early 1990s with the Boston-based rock group Last Cry. Last Cry had a #1 hit on radio stations in the Northeast with In the Name of Love, in addition to charting on Billboard's Top 100. With Last Cry, Hagon worked closely with producer John Fannon of the ’70s rock group New England, and with Lennie Petze, who is best known as the man who discovered and produced hit records for Cyndi Lauper. It the late 90's, Hagon was commissioned by the 215th Massachusetts National Guard Army Band to compose Scenes from a Battlefield, a full-length work for concert band.
Hagon has made appearances as the pianist/keyboardist for the national blues act The Dan Lawson Band at the Nashville New Music Conference, television appearances on CN8 for “Back Stage with Barry Nolan,” “The Fox 25 Morning News” program, and has been an opener for national acts such as Derek St. Holmes (formerly of Ted Nugent) Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Great White, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Van Zant, Trixter, Pat Travers, Rick Derringer and Eddie Money.
Hagon is currently the Music Technology Committee Chair for the MMEA (Massachusetts Music Educators Association) conference and is a recent recipient of the Exemplary Music Educator Award from Berklee College of Music in recognition of his outstanding teaching and efforts to advance the music education profession.
B.M. in Professional Music, cum laude, Berklee College of Music; Dip. in Media Composition, London School of Creative Studies; M.S. in Music Technology, Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis. Studies with Charles Fernandez.