Dr. Jennifer L. Seighman is in her fifth season as Artistic Director of the San Antonio Choral Society. Under her baton, collaborative performances have included a multiple choir and brass Gabrieli celebration, the SA Symphony Brahms Festival, Britten’s St. Nicolas, Orff’s Carmina Burana at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and an historic ten-day choir tour to Bavaria and Austria. Over the past twenty years, she has worked professionally as Director of Music and Organist building sacred choral music programs in various churches and has taught choral music in both public and private school settings. Dr. Seighman graduated magna cum laude with the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College where she studied voice and organ and sang with renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the NJ Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Sacred Choral Music from the Catholic University of America. The focus of her doctoral research is a multi-case study of Catholic choir school programs in the United States, which she recently presented at the Psallite Domino liturgical music conference in Liverpool, England.
Dr. Seighman has received awards for sacred music, music education and organ. She has been the recipient of three awards from the National Pastoral Musicians for her contributions in the field of sacred music. In addition to her current position as organist at Travis Park United Methodist Church in downtown San Antonio, she has been organist for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the San Antonio Symphony in 2011 and the Texas Choral Directors Association annual conference worship service in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, she presided as Dean of the Alamo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Seighman frequently serves as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. She enjoys collaborating in churches, schools and communities with musicians of all ages. Jennifer resides in San Antonio with her husband, Gary, Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University, and infant son Justin.
Dr. N. Seth Nelson, accompanist, earned his DMA and MM in organ performance from The University of Michigan under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Mason. While there, Dr. Nelson was also the first to earn the Certificate in Musicology, writing a thesis on the pipe organ controversy of the Puritans in New England. He earned a BM from the University of Texas at San Antonio as a pupil of Dr. Bess Hieronymus. There he received numerous awards for his work as an organist, pianist, and accompanist, and was honored with the Presser Award, graduating from the UTSA Honors College Summa Cum Laude.
A passionate church musician, Dr. Nelson is Organist at the 150-year old First Baptist Church of San Antonio. Previously, he has been Organist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, and Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton, Michigan. Dr. Nelson, an Associate with the American Guild of Organists, maintains an active concert schedule and has performed in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, England, and throughout the United States. Equally comfortable on the piano as the organ, he is in high demand as a collaborative musician. Dr. Nelson is on the accompanying faculty of Trinity University, working primarily with the voice students.
Seth is active as a triathlete, and makes his home in San Antonio with his wife, Becky, who is a chemist by day and soprano (in the SACS) by night.