Dr. Gary Seighman is Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University where he oversees a comprehensive choral program and teaches courses in conducting and secondary methods. Under his direction, Trinity’s choral ensembles have continued to garner regional and national accolades with invited performances at professional conferences, tours throughout the United States and abroad, and innovative collaborations. Since 2012, the choirs have enjoyed annual joint performances with the San Antonio Symphony. Seighman also directs Trinity’s Choral Union when hundreds of student musicians perform a major choral-orchestral masterwork each spring.
Seighman is in high demand as a clinician, guest conductor, and speaker. He is regularly invited to speak at state, regional, and national conferences on topics ranging from rehearsal planning, voice building, musicological research, and the application of successful leadership models to the choral classroom. He has traveled to East Asia four times between 2015-2018 where he conducted for the Peking University Summer Opera Program, led graduate masterclasses in Taiwan, and guest conducted throughout the Henan and Sichuan provinces. Other recent conducting engagements include the Arkansas Intercollegiate All-State Choir, various TMEA region choirs, Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C minor at the Tobin Center, Haydn’s Creation, and the San Antonio Children’s Chorus.
His collegiate choirs have performed for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention, the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and College Music Society (CMS) National Conference. Seighman has helped introduce many new works to the choral repertoire including collaborations and joint world-premieres with the Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony and renowned Cantus male vocal ensemble. Lastly, he was the chorusmaster for the 2018 Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.
Seighman serves on the boards of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. He is also a regular panelist and grant evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin, TX. He formerly served on the board of the DC/MD Choral Director's Association as Chair of Youth and Student Activities and was editor of the state newsletter.
Prior to Trinity, Seighman conducted the professional choir at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, DC and several ensembles at the University of Maryland including the Opera Chorus and a 75-member male choir for performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar” with guest librettist-narrator, Yevgeny Yevtushenko. For the Russian work, Washington reviews described the chorus under his direction as “well-prepared, “with clear diction,” and a “stentorian presence even at a distance.” Additionally, he directed an award-winning high school choral program that performed three times by invitation at Carnegie Hall and for a special delegation at the United Nations.
As a tenor soloist, Seighman has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, being especially engaged in oratorio works from the Baroque and Classical eras. He has also sung professionally with the Berkshire Opera Company, Brightmusic Chamber Series, SpoletoUSA Festival, and the Washington Bach Consort. He has performed regularly as a chorister with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra.