Artistic Staff

Jennifer L. Seighman is in her third season as Artistic Director and conductor of the San Antonio Choral Society. Previously, she served as choir instructor at the Atonement Academy. Under Ms. Seighman’s direction, the Upper School Women’s Choir received UIL Sweepstakes each year. A pipe organ advocate, she is Dean of the Alamo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and organist at Travis Park United Methodist Church in downtown San Antonio. In 2011, she was organist for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the San Antonio Symphony and, most recently, organist for the 2013 Texas Choral Directors Association annual conference worship service.

Ms. Seighman has taught choral music in both public and private school settings, participating in numerous performances and festivals. Over the past twenty years, she has worked professionally as Director of Music and Organist building sacred choral music programs in various churches. Ms. 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, studying with Dennis Shrock and serving as a graduate assistant. Currently, Ms. Seighman is a doctoral candidate in Sacred Choral Music at the Catholic University of America, where she has studied under Leo Nestor and served as conductor of the Town and Gown Chorus. The focus of her doctoral research is a multi-case study of Catholic choir school programs in the United States.

Ms. 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: Members’ Scholarship (2008), the Oregon Catholic Press Scholarship (2007) and the GIA Pastoral Musician Scholarship (2006). For her notable accomplishments as a church musician, the Catholic University of America presented her the Magi Carrigan Foundation Award. As an undergraduate, Ms. Seighman earned the Music Generativity Award for Music Education and Junior Organ Scholarship from Westminster Choir College.

Ms. Seighman frequently serves as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. She enjoys collaborating in churches, schools and communities with musicians of all ages and abilities. Jennifer resides in San Antonio with her husband, Gary, Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University.

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.