Seth Killen, D.M.A.

Headshot Faculty Seth Killen

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
864.977.7084
seth.killen@ngu.edu
Department: Music
Location: Tigerville, SC

“Just like that, when the choir begins to sing. . . everyday life vanishes into song, you are suddenly overcome with a feeling of brotherhood, of deep solidarity, even love, and it diffuses the ugliness of everyday life into a spirit of perfect communion.” --Muriel Barbery from her novel Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Voice Pedagogy.

    Degrees

    M.M. Voice Performance and Literature, University of Illinois
    D.M.A. Voice Performance with a cognate in Voice Pedagogy, University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes serving on the Advisory Board of the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. I have also participated in a teaching internship with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and have had regular performances throughout the region. My experience in teaching includes Privates studio, Faculty at Transylvania University, and Faculty at Eastern Illinois University.

  • Articles Published

    Evangelist, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
    Pickens Concert Choir, Liberty, South Carolina

    Tenor Soloist, Messiah
    Foothills Chorale, Seneca, South Carolina

    Giles Corey, The Crucible
    Greenville Light Opera Works, Greenville, South Carolina

    Tenor Soloist, The Crucifixion by John Stainer
    Clemson United Methodist Church, Clemson, South Carolina

    Tenor Soloist, The Crucifixion by John Stainer Saint Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca, South Carolina

    Tenor Soloist, Mozart’s Requiem
    Southern Wesleyan University, Central, South Carolina

    José the Ferret, Phinneas McBoof Crashes the Symphony
    Recording with Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard and Prague Symphony

    Tenor Soloist, Messiah
    First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina

    King Kaspar, Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Greenville Light Opera Works, Greenville, South Carolina

    Tenor Soloist, Carmina Burana
    Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, Illinois

    Tenor Soloist, Serenade to Music
    Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, Illinois

    Tenor Soloist, Mozart’s Requiem
    Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign, Illinois

  • Awards Received

    Faculty Research Award—NGU
    Redden Fund Grant from the EIU Foundation
    Emilie M. Dieterle Voice Award from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
    First place at the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition Illinois District
    Monetary award for career development from National Society of Arts and Letters
    Dorothy E. Bowen Award from the University of Illinois recognizing outstanding scholarship and professional development
    “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” at the University of Illinois

  • My Story

    My introduction to music, like many of my students, was very unconventional. During high school, I lived in a rural area where music lessons were not possible, and I attended a high school with no music program. Undeterred, my friends and I decided to raise the money to start a handbell choir, and I taught myself to play the piano through persistence and grit. So, it was rather confusing to my University professors when I showed up and declared a major in music. I had developed some skills through handbells and by teaching myself to play the piano but had absolutely no knowledge of music theory. Thankfully, I was surrounded by caring professors who recognized this raw talent and worked diligently to nurture my skills and fill in the gaps of what I had missed. This experience was formative in the way that I now approach my students. Former experience, or lack thereof, does not determine where you can go in music. Your work ethic, grit, and determination are the biggest predictors of your future, and I am willing to match your effort bit-by-bit to help you reach your goals.

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