Dr. Gary Seighman is Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University. Under his direction, Trinity’s choirs have garnered regional and national accolades with invited conference performances, tours throughout the United States and abroad, and innovative collaborations. A charismatic and passionate artist, Seighman is highly engaged as a clinician, guest conductor, and speaker on a wide variety of topics ranging from music pedagogy to entrepreneurship.
Seighman has traveled to East Asia five times between 2015-2019 where he conducted for the Peking University Summer Opera Program, led graduate masterclasses in Taiwan, and guest conducted throughout China. Other recent conducting engagements include the Arkansas Intercollegiate All-State Choir, TMEA region choirs, Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation. His professional schedule in 2019 and 2020 has him traveling to Nashville, New York City, Missouri, Washington, DC, Hong Kong, London, and Dublin. Seighman was recently named as a guest faculty artist with Manhattan Concert Productions for whom he will conduct Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass at Carnegie Hall in June 2020.
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. In 2018, he was chorusmaster for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria. Having previously served as music director at the historic Church of the Ascension & St. Agnes in Washington, DC, he is equally at home working with professional choirs, youth choruses, and everything in between. Locally, he has served as chorusmaster for numerous engagements with the San Antonio Symphony.
Seighman has helped introduce many new works to the choral repertoire including joint world-premieres and collaborations with New York Polyphony, Cantus, Chanticleer, Andrew Smith, Dale Trumbore, Dan Forrest, and Ēriks Ešenvalds, to name a few. His interest in more eclectic musical forms resulted in a jointly-composed work with Bruno Ruviaro based on astronomical data from the NASA Kepler Mission and traditional melodies performed by ancestors of the Coahuiltecan people indigenous to South Texas. The work, Here Lie Native Lands Below the Cosmos, received its premiere at the 2017 College Music Society National Conference.
Seighman has served on the boards of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, and the DC/MD Choral Director's Association where he was also editor of the state newsletter. He is also a regular panelist and grant evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin, TX. Always eager to explore new artistic and creative outlets, Seighman is recently signed as a model with Avant Agency and has been featured in print, internet, and television. In 2018, Seighman launched ChoirCoffeeBean, a lifestyle blog devoted to choir, coffee, fashion, and fitness.
D.M.A., University of Maryland
M.M., University of Oklahoma
B.M., Westminster Choir College
“Examining Choral Music with a Rhetorical Perspective: A Practical Guide.” American Choral Review 57/1.
“Exploring the Science of Ensemble.” Choral Journal 55/9.
Resveillez vous, chascun fidele[Pseaume 33] by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (ed. Gary Seighman). GIA Publications 2015
"Getting the Most out of Your Minutes." Southwestern Musician 80/7.
Johannes Brahms: Secular Choral Songs, RIAS Kammerchor [Compact Disk Review]. Choral Journal 52/8.
"Agostino Steffani's Stabat Mater: A Hidden Pearl of Dramatic, Expressive, and Structural Brilliance." Choral Journal 47/2.
"Some Thoughts on Accessibility and the Choral Art." Bel Canto XIII/2.
Advanced Choral Conducting
Secondary Choral Music Instruction and Practices
Community service & Involvement
Director of the annual TU High School Choral Festival
Choral Union, conductor
Adviser for the College Men's Conference
Organizer for Trinity's Celebration of Women's Voices event
Admissions, Scholarships, and Financial Aid Committee