TIMOTHY SEELIG – Takes His Baton To SF Gay Men’s Chorus

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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Following an extensive search, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has announced that effective January 1, 2011, the internationally renowned and respected choral guru, Dr. Timothy Seelig, will take the podium as its next Artistic Director and Conductor.
 
Vance George, conductor Emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, says: “Tim is a truly gifted conductor. Audiences can expect great things and his contribution to the cultural life of our city is keenly anticipated.”
 
Touched by the accolade, Seelig says: “The Chorus has been a source of inspiration for me personally and professionally for twenty-five years and to be given this opportunity to contribute to its future growth is truly the pinnacle of my years in choral music,” adding, “I am deeply grateful and humbled.”

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TIMOTHY SEELIG

 Seelig’s credentials testify to a masterly career in choral music defined by exceptional, jaw-dropping performances and a journey of personal triumph over intolerance. A native of Texas, where he received his doctorate in the musical arts, Seelig came out in 1985 and experienced the sharp end of homophobia. Undeterred, he went on to lead the Turtle Creek Chorale, the gay men’s chorus in Dallas, for twenty years taking them to international acclaim. Most recently, Seelig served as the Artistic Director-in-Residence of the Gay & Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA).
 
Robin Godfrey, managing director of GALA, says: “Tim is a genius and we are thrilled to see him back on the podium. Under his baton, the Chorus will build upon its storied leadership of our GLBT choral movement.”
 
Seelig holds four degrees, a diploma earned at the prestigious Mozarteum in Austria and has authored four published books and three DVDs on choral technique, including two best sellers.
 
“Tim joins us at an auspicious moment in the Chorus’ history,” says Board President, Michael Tate: “His rare gifts and precious spirit will be glorious additions as we advance the Chorus into its next great adventure.”
 
Next year, marks the 30th anniversary of the Chorus’ inspirational 1981 tour of America that sparked the formation of an international network of gay choruses around the world, whose number today is over 200. Commenting, Seelig says: “The way forward is to honor the amazing gifts of those whose shoulders we stand on and continue to soar with a sensational season in 2011.”

ABOUT TIM SEELIG
 
Tim Seelig has had a major musical career as a renowned conductor, singer, teacher and author for over 30 years. He is currently the Director of Art for Peace & Justice, on music faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and founding conductor of Resounding Harmony, a 230-voice, mixed community chorus in Dallas. In addition, he continues an extremely busy guest-conducting schedule throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He is the Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale, which he conducted for 20 years. During that time, the chorus recorded 37 CD’s, was featured in two PBS documentaries and appeared at numerous national and regional American Choral Directors Association conventions. He was also founder and conductor of The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and created and filled the position of Artistic Director in Residence for the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses from 2007 – 2009.
 
Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and the Diploma from the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has four books and three DVDs on choral technique including the best sellers The Perfect Blend and The Perfect Rehearsal. His latest publication is a DVD and Companion Guidebook titled The Music Within, which was released in July of 2010. Next year, will see the release of a Vocal Solo Collection, the Tim Seelig Choral Series and the new book and DVD titled The Language of Music. 
 
Dr. Seelig’s early training was as a singer. He made his European operatic debut at the Staatsoper in St. Gallen, Switzerland and his recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He has two solo recordings and was featured in world premiers of prominent composers including John Corigliano, Conrad Susa and Peter Schikele (P.D.Q. Bach).
 
In June 2010, Dr. Seelig conducted his 6th appearance at Carnegie Hall and will conduct at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and for the LGBT Choral Festival in London, both in 2011. He conducted the North American GALA chorus at Various Voices in London, performing the European premier of SING FOR THE CURE, a work he commissioned for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Dr. Seelig served as Interim Guest Conductor for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in the spring of 2009 and is currently guest-conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. 
 
Known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor, Grammy Magazine says, “Dr. Seelig takes eclecticism to new heights.” Fanfare Magazine says he raises singers from “the ranks of amateur choir to one receiving wide recognition for excellent performances of appealing, fresh repertoire.” The New York Times calls Seelig an “expressive performer,” and the Fort Worth Star Telegram quips, “Seelig slices a thick cut of ham.”
                                                                                                           
Tim is the proud father of two grown children and he and his partner, Shawn Northcutt, are anxiously awaiting their first grandchild.

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