Seán Deibler was a beloved and important figure in the musical life of Philadelphia for most of the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s. As Founder and Artistic Director of both the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia and the Music Group of Philadelphia, a smaller, virtuosic choral ensemble, he presented countless memorable programs and numerous world premieres.
Also an uncommonly skilled music educator, he was an early pioneer in bringing the Kodály Method to the United States, having studied in Hungary among the first generation of teachers trained in that method. He maintained close ties with Hungary and was a great ambassador for American music there. Likewise, he generously performed the work of living Hungarian composers with his groups in Philadelphia, and in 1998, he received the Medal Pro Artibus, Artist of Outstanding Merit for promotion of Hungarian music abroad by the Hungarian Ministry of Cultural Arts.
Swirly Music is honored to make some of Mr. Deibler’s few compositions and arrangements available for all to enjoy.