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September 2017 | Collaboration with Mercury Soul to be announced soon!

Details for a collaboration with American composer Mason Bates and Mercury Soul will be announced soon.  Please check their website for more details about the November 17 event.

September 2017 | North State Symphony opens 2017-18 Season 

The North State Symphony and Scott Seaton open their third season together in a program of Sibelius, Barber, and                    Rachmaninoff with guest pianist Sara Davis Buechner.

January 2017 | Music Director finalist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Seaton is selected from a field of more than 125 applicants as a finalist for the Music Director position with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and will conduct them in January 2018.  More information will be available on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s website.

From Linda Conley on http://www.goupstate.com/entertainment/20170122/spo-announces-finalists-for-music-directors-job

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra is getting closer to naming a new music director.

The three finalists for the job have resumes with accomplishments including Grammy nominations, international awards and solo performances across Asia and Europe.

An announcement was made recently about the search for a new leader. An 18-member search committee has been working for more than a year to find a successor to music director and conductor Sarah Ioannides, who announced in August 2015 she was stepping down at the end of this season.

The finalists are Patrick Dupré Quigley, Stefan Sanders and Scott Seaton. They were selected from a field of more than 125 candidates from around the world. Each of the finalists will perform with the orchestra next season before a new music director and conductor is named.

“Plans are to name a new music director by March 2018,” said Peter Kay, SPO director of marketing and operations.

The new music director and conductor will help the SPO and the Music Foundation of Spartanburg to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

“Each (finalists) brings a rich background to the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Laura Allen, SPO president-elect. “Any one of the finalists will bring vitality and creativity to our program.”

Allen is one of the board member representatives on the search committee. The committee included four board members, eight orchestra musicians, four community members and two staff members. The committee used guidelines from the American Symphony Orchestra League to help with the search process.

“I was really excited about the diverse population on the search committee because not all were season ticket holders,” Allen said. “The musicians focused on the skills and abilities of the candidates to see how they could help the orchestra grow. The board members and community members focused on how this person will relate to our community.”

Allen said all of the finalists were impressed with the growth of the community and its commitment to the arts.”

 July 2016 | Seaton named Principal Conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra

Scott was named Principal Conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra in Yuba City, California.  Beginning in the 2016-2017 season, he will conduct two weeks with them.  More information about the orchestra can be found here.

May 2016 | “A Wild Finish” for the North State Symphony

“…concluded a remarkable concert, one in which Seaton and the orchestra succeeded in meeting huge challenges, beginning with Mothership and ending with Rachmaninoff’s greatest symphonic creation.”  Read the full review here.

May 2016 | Seaton to conduct Summer Reading Orchestra in Santa Rosa

Scott is engaged to conduct the the Summer Reading Orchestra in Santa Rosa on June 20.  He will work with area amateurs, students, and professionals in Berlioz monumental Symphonie Fantastique and the Brahms Tragic Overture.

December 2015 | Seaton to guest conduct Veridian Symphony Orchestra

Scott is engaged to conduct the Veridian Symphony Orchestra in the 2015-2016 season. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about the orchestra, please visit the Veridian Symphony Orchestra’s website.

September 2015 | Review of North State Symphony debut concert: ‘Not Your Grandmother’s Conductor’

“…if fireworks could conduct, they’d be named Seaton. His movements ranged from as controlled and explosive as a prize fighter to as fluid and delicate as a ballet dancer.”
To read the full review, please visit aNewsCafe.com website.

June 2015 | Seaton named Music Director of the North State Symphony

Scott was recently named Music Director of the North State Symphony effective with the 2015-2016 Season. With the NSS, he will conduct subscription, chamber, education, and pops concerts, and will bring in internationally acclaimed guest artists each year. For more information, please visit the North State Symphony’s website.

May 2015 | Seaton named Music Director finalist with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

Seaton is selected as a finalist for the Music Director position with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and will conduct them in October.  More information available on the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s website.

February 2015 | North State Symphony Review

Review can be found here:  http://theorion.com/blog/2015/02/23/north-state-symphony-tries-out-third-conductor-candidate/

 

Walking into Laxson Auditorium Saturday night, notes of classical instruments being fine tuned filled the air and heightened the room’s anticipation for the coming performance and chance to witness a piece of the North State Symphony’s history in the making.

The masterpieces of Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Max Christian Friedrich Bruch and Antonin Leopold Dvorak were brought center stage by the orchestra in a high energy performance that matched the enthusiasm of their third conductor candidate, Scott Seaton.

Currently, the orchestra is in search of a new musical director and Seaton is a finalist along with Christian Baldini, Brian Stone and Peter Jaffe. Seaton made his North State Symphony directorial debut at Laxson as part of a two-concert tryout and seemed to be in his element.

From the moment he took to the rostrum, Seaton appeared confident and just plain excited to be there. At the start of Bartholdy’s “Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21” all the way through the finale Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70,” he kept his animated beats measured and entry cues clear while never losing momentum during the two-hour concert.

Apart from Seaton, the standout performer was decisively the guest soloist, Lindsay Deutsch. Not to be outshined by her glitzy silver sequined dress, the 28-year-old violinist took to the stage with such a commanding presence that it was difficult to focus on anyone else around her.

Deutsch played her violin with such passion and intensity that it almost appeared to borderline aggression. At one point during Bruch’s “Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26” she broke a few hairs of her bow after some very dramatic strumming. Though, ever the professional, she managed to quickly remedy the situation and even make a little joke about it afterward to which the audience chuckled.

There was one particular eye-catching moment when Deutsch was at the height of her performance and Seaton was conducting fiercely that the body language of the two almost seemed to sync up—kind of like they were the only two people in the room. There was some definite stage chemistry going on there and it just added to the overall engaging execution of the night.

The symphony’s musicians themselves were equally impressive. Well-rehearsed and mostly uniform, they attentively took direction from Seaton and played every minute with heart and extensive skill. Every note echoed beautifully in the auditorium.

However, there was one brief instance that put a ripple in the music’s trance-like effect when a bassist in the back row inexplicably yawned—without covering his mouth—during Deutsch’s solo, but names won’t be named.

While the music was more than worth the time, Seaton proved to be an asset to the symphony’s evening at Laxson and both the musicians and audience noticed—calling him back to the stage three times to endure a lengthy standing ovation. If chosen as musical director, he’s not likely to disappoint.

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Now, if Seaton and Deutsch were to both become permanent fixtures with the North State Symphony there would no doubt be some white hot music making, but that will probably forever remain a classical fantasy..  More information will be announced soon.

July 2014 | Seaton to conduct in Kentucky in May 2015

Seaton was recently asked to conduct an all Russian program in Kentucky in May 2015.  More information will be announced soon.

June 2014 | Seaton named Music Director finalist with North State Symphony

Seaton is selected as a finalist for the Music Director position with the North State Symphony and will conduct them in February 2015.  More information available on the North State Symphony’s website.

May 2014 | Seaton named Music Director finalist with Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra

Scott is engaged to conduct the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra in the 2014-2015 season as part of their Music Director search and will lead them on May 3, 2015. For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra’s website.

April 2014 | Seaton to debut with Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Scott will lead the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson, Michigan) in a program featuring the works of Sibelius and composers from Michigan.  For more information, please visit the Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s website.

June 2013 | Seaton named Music Director finalist with Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Seaton is selected as a finalist for the Music Director position with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra and will conduct them in October.  More information available on the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra’s website.

April 2013 | Seaton to work with Cabrillo Festival Orchestra

Seaton is selected as one of seven out of a pool of 130 conductors to conduct at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA, taught by Marin Alsop & Gustav Meier (July 27 – 31, 2013).  The participating conductors are each funded by a Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship and will conduct a performance of new works by emerging composers on July 31, 2013.

November 2012 | Review from November 4 Whatcom Symphony Orchestra performance!

Review can be found here:  http://www.ennw.info/2012/11/04/the-young-at-art/

The young at art
WSO delivers adrenaline rush
by Christopher Key

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Whatcom Symphony Orchestra audience leap to its feet as fast as it did this afternoon. The final thunderous chord of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23, hadn’t even begun to fade before bravos were being rained on 24-year-old pianist Charlie Albright. It wasn’t raining nearly as hard outside and that’s saying a lot.

The only person onstage who looked even younger than the Centralia native was guest conductor Scott Seaton, the first of four finalists for the WSO’s Artistic Director position. Between them, they sent a surge of energy through the Mount Baker Theatre that had my hair standing on end. It was a nifty bit of programming to feature three selections that were written by legendary composers when they were about the same age.

Leading off the program was Jean Sibelius’ soaring Finlandia, Op. 26. The majestic symphonic poem became the unofficial anthem of the Finnish independence movement and its best-known melody has found its way into choral arrangements and church hymnals. This was Seaton’s first chance to strut his stuff and he didn’t waste it. His intense physicality, occasionally reminiscent of the young Leonard Bernstein, seemed to be pulling the orchestra to even higher levels of performance. The orchestra responded with élan and the brasses were as good as I’ve ever heard them.

After leaving the audience breathless, Seaton then proceeded to charm everyone with a folksy, “Howdy, y’all.” He proved to be as personable when chatting with the crowd as he is dynamic when leading the orchestra.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s underappreciated Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, was next on the program. Concertmaster Grant Donnellan did a nifty job filling in for Dr. Ed Rutschman at the pre-concert lecture. He explained that No. 2 was composed when Beethoven’s increasing deafness was beginning to torment him. There are huge, sudden changes in dynamics that the orchestra handled quite well. As Donellan pointed out, the strings get a thorough workout.

“I’m going to need a massage afterward,” Donnellan said. He wasn’t joking.

During intermission, the crowd was noticeably buzzing over Seaton’s theatrics, but they hadn’t heard or seen anything yet.

You can’t ease your way into the aforementioned Tchaikovsky concerto. You have to hit the keyboard full tilt and it only occasionally lets up the rest of the way. The New York Times referred to Albright’s technique as “…jaw-dropping.” It’s not even slightly hyperbolic. He took Tchaikovsky the way Petruchio took Kate and it was simply electrifying. Albright had to perform an encore before the crowd would let him go.

If all of the finalists for Artistic Director are as impressive as Seaton, the selection committee is going to have a very tough job on its hands. If any of them are reading this, I don’t envy you. Seaton is going to be a tough act to follow.

Next on the WSO schedule is the traditional Holiday Treasures concert which, I’m told, will be somewhat less traditional this year. Skagit Symphony’s Roupen Shakarian will again guest conduct and you’ll have to buy tickets because I’m not giving away all the surprises. Those tickets can be purchased by calling the Mount Baker Theatre box office at (360) 734-6080 or online at the MBT website.

There’s lots more to come in this unique Whatcom Symphony season and you can whet your musical appetite at their website.

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September 2012 | Seaton named Semi-Finalist at prestigious International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti

Scott is honored to have been recently named one of ten Semi-Finalists at the 6th International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti.  Initially, he was one of twenty-two conductors invited to Frankfurt, Germany from an international applicant pool of over 400 conductors from 73 countries.  In the first round, he conducted the  Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester with the following repertoire:

  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 92 G major Hob. I:92 »Oxford«
  • Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 D major »Symphonie Classique«
  • Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in D (for strings)

The distinguished jury then selected Seaton as one of the ten Semi-Finalists to conduct the Frankfurt Radio Symphony with the following repertoire:

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Op. 43
  • Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole
  • Richard Wagner: Prelude from »Tristan und Isolde«

 

September 2012 | MSO 2012-2013 Season Announced!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2012 | Seaton named Music Director of the Minot Symphony Orchestra

Scott was recently named Music Director of the Minot Symphony Orchestra effective with the 2012-2013 Season. With the MSO, he will conduct subscription, family, childrens, and pops concerts, and will bring in internationally acclaimed guest artists each year. For more information, please visit the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2012 | Seaton to conduct Whatcom Symphony Orchestra as Music Director Candidate

Scott is engaged to conduct the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in the 2012-2013 season as part of their Music Director search and will lead them on November 4, 2012. For more information, please visit the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra’s website.

 

 

June 2012 | Finalist candidate, 6th International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti

Scott Seaton is one of 20 finalist candidates to compete in the 6th International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from September 17 to September 23 2012.  The 6th International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti begins with a large applicant pool: 402 young conductors from 73 nationalities applied, they come from Albania to Zimbabwe.  During the competition, those selected will work with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester and The Frankfurt Radio Symphony.  After three rounds, three prizes will be awarded including the grand prize of 15,000 Euros and invitations to conduct several internationally renowned orchestras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2012 | Lakeland Civic Orchestra presents their 2012 Young Artists Concert

 

February 2012 | Concert with Toronto Philharmonia one of three “Hot Ticket” concerts

Scott’s concert with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra and Timothy Chooi (violin) is one of Canada’s three “Hot Ticket” concerts according to CBC Radio.

 

September 2011 | Seaton to conduct Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Scott is honored to be invited by Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to audition for their conducting staff.

 

September 2011 | Scott invited to conduct the Haifa Symphony Orchestra

Scott is invited to work with Maestro Yoel Levi and conduct the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel.

 

August 2011 | Seaton reengaged to conduct Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra

Scott will conduct a subscription week with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in February 2012. For more information, please visit the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra’s website.

 

 

 

 

July 2011 | Seaton invited to conduct at the OMEA festival weekend

Scott will conduct the East Central Regional Orchestra during the OMEA festival weekend in November.

 

 

 

June 2011 | Scott to audition with Milwaukee Symphony

Scott is invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to audition for Assistant Conductor.

May 2011 | Seaton to conduct Mansfield Symphony Orchestra as Music Director Candidate

Scott is reengaged to conduct the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in the 2011-2012 season as part of their Music Director search. He will lead them in several education concerts as part of the Operation Bridge Building initiative and the “Phantom of the Symphony” subscription concert.  For more information, please visit the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s website.

 

 

 

 

April 2011 | Scott is named Assistant Conductor at the 2011 Hot Springs Music Festival

Scott is invited to be Assistant Conductor at the 2011 Hot Springs Music Festival. He will work with Music Advisor Peter Bay for two weeks in June in a variety of orchestral and chamber concerts.

 

 

 

April 2011 | Newest CD Release

FiveOne, conducted by Scott Seaton, just released their newest CD. More information about FiveOne can be found here here.

 

 

 

 

March 2011 | Seaton wins INTERACTION competition in Berlin

As one of eight finalist conductors invited from all over world to conduct the Brandenburger Symphoniker, Seaton won one of the coveted positions to work with Das Kritische Orchester. Das Kritische Orchester is composed of members from orchestras all over Germany, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

 

March 2011 | Seaton to audition with Cincinnati Symphony

Scott is invited by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to audition for a spot with their conducting staff in April 2011.

 

January 2011 | Seaton is a featured conductor in the award-winning film Der Taktstock

Scott is featured in the independent film Der Taktstock by Michael Wende. It is a funny and experimental documentary feature about the complex world of conducting that has won several awards at film festivals across the globe. More information can be found here.

 

 

 

January 2011 | Scott to conduct at Tanglewood

Scott is invited to be a guest of the 2011 Tanglewood Music Center.  He will work closely with conductors James Levine and Kurt Masur as well as attend several events with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

December 2010 | Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony invite Seaton to audition for fellowship

Scott is a finalist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition and Apprenticeship.  In February 2011, he will audition in Chicago for a two-year apprenticeship with Maestro Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

December 2010 | Seaton invited to INTERACTION competition in Berlin

Scott is selected to conduct the Brandenburger Symphoniker in March 2011 as part of the audition for the ninth INTERACTION conducting workshop held in Berlin, Germany.  The orchestra for the workshop, Das Kritische Orchester, is composed of members from orchestras all over Germany, including the Berliner Phiharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

 

November 2010 | Seaton to conduct FiveOne

Scott will record several premieres with FiveOne Music based in Cleveland.

 

September 2010 | Seaton will conduct the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra as a Music Director Candidate

Scott is a finalist for the Music Director position with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra and will lead them in performance on January 25, 2011 in an all-Mozart celebration.

 

August 2010 | Seaton to work with Kurt Masur in New York

Scott is one of nine conductors personally selected by Kurt Masur to work with the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra from November 8-12, 2010.  The week will conclude with a final performance featuring the works of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Beethoven on Friday, November 12 at 7:30pm at the Manhattan School of Music’s Borden Auditorium.

 

August 2010 | Seaton named Music Director of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra

Scott is named the next Music Director of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra in Cleveland effective with the 2010-2011 season.

 

June 2010 | Finalist candidate, 5th International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti

Scott Seaton is one of 24 finalist candidates to compete in the 5th International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from September 6 to September 12 2010.  The 5th International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti begins with a new all-time record: 576 young conductors from 75 nationalities applied, they come from Albania to Zimbabwe.  During the competition, those selected will work with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester and The Frankfurt Radio Symphony.  After three rounds, three prizes will be awarded including the grand prize of 15,000 Euros and invitations to conduct several internationally renowned orchestras.

 

May 2010 | Seaton to conduct Charlotte Symphony

Scott is a finalist for the Assistant Conductor position with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

 

March 2010 | Seaton to audition in Memphis

Scott is a finalist for the Assistant Conductor position with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He will conduct the Memphis Symphony and Memphis Youth Symphony in March by invitation of Music Director Mei-Ann Chen.

 

January 2010 | Scott to conduct the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich

Scott is personally selected by David Zinman to work with him and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich from April 5th to 8th and will conduct them in a performance on April 8.

 

September 2009 | Finalist candidate, Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition

Scott Seaton is one of 12 finalist candidates to compete in the 2010 Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition, to be held in Bamberg, Germany from February 26th to March 5th 2010.  The candidates were chosen from a pool of over 280 applicants from 58 different countries.  The jury consists of internationally renowned conductors, composers and managers, including Mrs. Marina Mahler, patron of the competition and granddaughter of Gustav Mahler.

 

 

 

September 2009 | Seaton competes in Mexico City

Scott is a quarter-finalist at the 2009 Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition in Mexico City, Mexico.

 

July 2009 | Seaton named Music Director at Kent State University

Scott is awarded the position of Director of Orchestras at Kent State University.

 

July 2009 | Seaton returns to Festival Opera

Scott serves as Assistant Conductor for a production of Puccini’s Turandot with Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, California.

 

 

 

 

May 2009 | Seaton to audition in Minneapolis

Scott is a finalist for the Assistant Conductor position with the Minnesota Orchestra.

 

April 2009 | Scott to audition with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Scott is a finalist for the Assistant Conductor position with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

 

Scott Seaton with Andrew Sords and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in January 2011