2020 KMEA All-State Mixed Choir Conductor
Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, teacher and motivational speaker. In addition to Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, he continues an extremely busy guest-conducting and teaching schedule throughout the U.S. and across the globe. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale, which he conducted for 20 years and served on the faculty at Southern Methodist University for 14 years.
Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has authored numerous books and DVDs on choral technique including best-sellers The Perfect Blend, and The Perfect Rehearsal as well as The Perfect Choral Workbook, Quick Choral Fixes and The Music Within.
Dr. Seelig’s early training was as a singer. He made his European operatic debut at the Staatsoper in St. Gallen, Switzerland and his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He appeared as soloist in world premieres of composers including John Corigliano, Conrad Susa and Peter Schikele (P.D.Q. Bach).
Dr. Seelig has conducted annually at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for 25 years. Interesting facts include conducting the Guinness Book Of World Record’s Longest Choral Concert and carrying the Olympic torch in 1996 as a community Hero.
His recordings have been on Billboard Top Ten and iTunes Top Ten classical charts. His choruses have been the topic of three documentaries. The PBS documentary about the TCC received the national Emmy award for best documentary. The latest documentary is making the festival rounds now (2019) and won the Audience awards at Tribeca and 11 other festivals thus far.
His groups have commissioned choral works for a variety of amazing organizations. Some of those are amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation featuring Dr. Maya Angelou and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring Marlo Thomas. Recent commissions "Testimony" by Stephen Schwartz, "Tyler’s Suite" for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, "New Year’s Carol" by Ola Gjeilo, "I Am Harvey Milk" by Andrew Lippa and "#twitterlieder" by James Eakin. "Tyler’s Suite" has nine composers including Stephen Schwarts, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty and more.
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."