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Division of Music

Dr. Scott Seaton, Assistant Professor of Music
Masters of Music, New England Conservatory; DMA, University of Montreal

Phone: (701)858-3035

Dr. Scott Seaton was chosen from a field of more than 60 international orchestral conductors. A versatile musician who is equally at ease with all genres, he has been praised as a conductor with "finesse, clarity, and precision" by the Luxembourg Times. Since his international debut in 2007 with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Seaton has conducted orchestras spanning North America, South America, and Europe. In recent seasons he has worked with the Brandenburger Symphoniker, Milwaukee Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Bamberg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra.

His previous civic and academic positions include the Music Director of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra and the Kent State University Orchestra. Seaton has also held posts with the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal, the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, the New England Collective Chamber Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Symphony, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, the Nashville Intercollegiate Orchestra, and the Nashville Youth Symphony. This October, Seaton will compete in the 2012 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition (Frankfurt, Germany) after having been selected from a pool of over 400 conductors from 73 countries.

No stranger to competitions, Seaton was also a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany) where he was one of twelve selected from an applicant pool of over 280 conductors from 58 countries. In 2010, Seaton was selected by David Zinman to conduct a performance with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich. Seaton was also chosen by Maestro Ricardo Muti as a finalist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition and Apprenticeship. In 2010, he was personally selected by Maestro Kurt Masur to work with him and the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra. In 2008, he participated in the National Conducting Institute where he worked with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011, Seaton was invited to and won the INTERACTION competition and was given the opportunity to conduct an orchestra composed of all of Germany's top orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra, and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. He also served as Assistant Conductor at the 2011 Hot Springs Music Festival as well as having been invited by James Levine to study at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.

Dr. Seaton has earned degrees from the Université de Montréal, the New England Conservatory, and the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Beyond his conducting responsibilities with the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Seaton will also teach courses in Music Appreciation and World Music.