Broadway - United States
Described as a percussionist with “mesmerizing dexterity”, Sean Ritenauer enjoys a diverse career performing in concert halls, theaters and studios in New York and around the world. Most recently, Ritenauer can be heard as the Percussionist for the broadway revival of Pippen at the Music Box Theater in New York City.
As an orchestral musician, Ritenauer has played extensively with the New York Philharmonic, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. He is also a percussionist in the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, a position he won in 2005. In March of 2011, the Huntsville Symphony decided to feature Ritenauer performing Jennifer Higdon’s award winning Percussion Concerto. In addition to the concert hall, Ritenauer has also been heard in numerous Broadway pits including the shows In The Heights, How to Succeed In Business, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Starting in 2010, Ritenauer was the percussionist for the National Tour of HAIR which made a return to Broadway in New York City in 2011 at the St James Theatre. Immediately following HAIR Ritenauer had the opportunity to perform with Jay-Z at his historic debut at Carnegie Hall.
A devoted educator, Ritenauer has taught over 20 students privately. He also does teaching artist work for the New York Philharmonic.
As a recorded musician, Ritenauer can be heard as Principle Timpanist on the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas’ album, Mi Alma Mexicana, under the Sony Classical label, playing vibraphone on the newest Roland Vasquez Big Band album, The Visitor, with the Metropolitan Opera Brass, on Michel Gondry’s short film, Interior Design, and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
Ritenauer’s next project is a percussion trio with his younger brothers Kyle and Kevin. The Ritenauer Brothers plan on recording and performing music written expressly for their ensemble.
Ritenauer earned a Bachelors Degree in Classical Percussion and a Masters Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Sean is also a proud graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Check out Sean’s setup at Pippin:
Check out Sean’s cadenza from Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra: