2023-2024 TODA MAL Candidate

All Active, Retired, and Student Members can vote.  If you are a current member, you do not have to attend Convention to vote.  Voting opens on Saturday, July 1 and will close on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 3:00 pm.  Click on the VOTE button below to be taken to the ballot.

Sean Kime

Sean Kime is an accomplished educator and musician, most recently holding multiple roles at Elsik High School in Alief ISD. He served as the Performing Arts Department Chair, District Middle School Orchestra Lead Teacher, District High School Orchestra Lead Teacher, and Director of Orchestras at Elsik. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Stephen F. Austin High School. Sean will be joining the Orchestra staff at Seven Lakes High School in Katy ISD in the 2023-2024 school year.

In middle and high school, Sean was a Region Orchestra musician, and earned a spot in the TMEA All-State ensembles for four years. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University in 2014, where he studied double bass with Sandor Ostlund and was a member of the Baylor Symphony. During his time at Baylor, he taught beginner strings, provided private lessons, and held a leadership position in the Baylor University Music Educators Association. Mr. Kime also performed with Baylor Showtime musical revue and First Baptist Church of Waco.

In 2017, he completed his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he studied under Dr. Clif Evans. He conducted and performed with various ensembles, including the UTA Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, pit ensembles, Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra, and other student ensembles.

Sean has judged music contests and served as a clinician for middle and high school orchestras and has achieved outstanding results at festivals. In his free time, he enjoys good coffee, good food, and spending time with his standard poodle, Tucker.

Candidate Statement:

I am running for the TODA Board because I believe I can serve the organization in a way that is inclusive and smart. I have served in other leadership roles during my undergraduate studies as well as during my time at both of the campuses I taught at, which both required that I consider the opinions and ideas of various members of each organization.

At Baylor, I served as fundraising and TMEA committee chair in the Baylor University Music Educators Association, ensuring that all students who wanted to attend TMEA could do so successfully. I also started their first annual "Open Mic Night" fundraiser that served to highlight the diverse talents of the Baylor campus. I later served in leadership as the organization's President-Elect and President, leading meetings to discuss topics in music education, engage professors in meaningful discussions, and empowering students to share research and topics with the rest of the membership at monthly meetings. In this role, I fostered a culture of collaboration and inclusion, welcoming all student membership to feel safe presenting to their peers and practicing their communication skills. During my time at Baylor, along with colleagues from Baylor and the Eastman School of Music, I presented a TMEA session for high school students titled "So...You Want to Be a Music Major" at the 2013 TMEA convention, intended to answer questions, present the challenges and rewards of choosing to pursue an undergraduate degree in music, and offer advice to high school student attendees.

Since then, I've served in other roles that have allowed me to invite collaboration from colleagues such as Textbook Adoption Representative, Middle School Lead Teacher, High School Lead Teacher, and Performing Arts Department Chair. In these roles, my mindset has always been of servant leadership and making the best out of any situation and to serve as many people as possible in a positive way.

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