Based in New York, Dr. Steven Seigart's musical pursuits and interests are diverse and occupy a unique niche in the world of sacred music and music education.
Dr. Seigart is currently the Music Director at the Church of Saint Joseph (Bronxville, NY), where in addition to weekend liturgies, he leads an active concert series with the Orchestra of Saint Joseph and Parish Choir. Recent undertakings include historically-informed performances of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Cantata 172 and Orchestral Suite No. 3, as well as Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio and Fauré's Requiem. In May of 2017, Dr. Seigart completed all degree requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied with Dr. Edward Maclary. At UMD, he served as co-conductor of the University Chorale, chorus master and assistant conductor for the Maryland Opera Studio, and assistant conductor of the internationally-renowned Chamber Singers, which he has prepared for concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he completed the Master of Sacred Music degree at Boston University, specializing in choral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Ann Howard Jones. Steven has worked with such notable conductors as James Ross, Matthew Halls, Harry Christophers, Andrew Parrot, Simon Carrington, Joshua Rifkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Ken David Masur, Scott Jarrett, William Weinert, and Mark Scatterday. He also served as Assistant Conductor for the BU Tanglewood Institute Chorus for three consecutive summers. As an opera conductor/coach, Dr. Seigart served as the musical director/conductor for the Arezzo Opera Festival, Assistant Conductor/Coach for Opera Saratoga, and chorus master for the Boston University Opera Institute. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.
As a composer and arranger, Dr. Seigart's works have been heard in the US and Europe, and has had several commissions from choirs and instrumental ensembles across the country. His anthem, "Rejoice in the Lord Always" was the winning submission for the Eighth International Anthem Competition of First Baptist Church, Worcester, MA. He has written works for chorus, organ, handbells, harp, piano, and voice, and is published both by the University of Rochester Press and his own company, Steven Seigart Publishing. Dr. Seigart is an ASCAP licensed composer and publisher.
As an organist, Dr. Seigart has held numerous positions in churches across the northeast, including St. Paul's Cathedral (Syracuse, NY), Christ Church Episcopal (Rochester, NY), St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Parish (Westwood, MA), St. Stephen Lutheran Church (Silver Spring, MD), and is currently the music director of the Church of Saint Joseph (Bronxville, NY). Dr. Seigart studied organ at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) with David Higgs and William Porter, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2008. He specializes in improvisation of various styles, and his improvisations have been featured on NPR's Pipedreams Live! (aired on 10/19/09), and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2012 National Competition in Organ Improvisation. He is an avid performer of music to accompany silent films, and recent screenings with live organ have included The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), From the Manger to the Cross (1912), The Tango Tangle (1914), and A Trip to the Moon (1902). On CD, his organ playing can be heard on Loft Record’s "Mendelssohn: Rarities," distributed internationally through Naxos. Dr. Seigart was the winner of the 15th annual L. Cameron Johnson Organ Competition (Storrs, CT), and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.
As a music educator, Dr. Seigart is current the Professor and Director of Choirs at Manhattanville College, where he directs their two choirs and teaches conducting. He has also taught choral music and musicianship at the Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA), Saint Joseph's Parochial School (Bronxville, NY), Boston University, and the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). He is a member of the College Music Society and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Dr. Seigart is also active as a collaborative pianist and is frequently in-demand as a continuo player (harpsichord and organ), performing recently with the Orchestra of Saint Joseph, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers and Chorale, the Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, the Eastman Collegium Musicum, the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church, Rochester, and numerous theater companies.