Creative Research

  • Saint-Saëns, Carnivale des Animaux, narrator Salt Lake City Salt Lake Symphony Robert Baldwin, conductor Performance, in progress 2021.
  • Stravinsky, Pulcinella, bass soloist Salt Lake City Utah Symphony Thierry Fischer, conductor Performance, completed 2021.
  • Five performances scheduled with Utah Opera of the role of Security officer in Dove's Flight. This production was postponed due to COVID-19. Performance, scheduled 2021.
  • William Walton Façade, narrator, selected movements Salt Lake City, January 19, 2021 Salt Lake Symphony Robert Baldwin, conductor Performance, completed 2021.
  • Five performances scheduled with Utah Opera of the role of Palémon in Massenet's Thaïs. This production was postponed due to COVID-19. Performance, scheduled 2020.
  • Commissioned the composers of Graphite Publishing as on member of the 2020 Art Song Consortium. This consortium paid four art song composers to write one cycle each for performance by soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and bass-baritone. Commission, completed 2020.
  • Performed the title role in Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah with the Salt Lake Choral Artists. Performance, completed 2019.
  • Performed the role of Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart with Utah Opera at the Capitol Theater, Salt Lake City, UT. 5 performances. Performance, completed 2019.
  • Created and released SongHelix, a reference website, songhelix.com. The goal of the tool is that it will become the hub for art song discovery, as a comprehensive catalogue of all recital appropriate repertoire that is extensively internally cross-referenced and externally linked. Currently 7,000 unique song entries with robust metadata. Currently 15,000 unique keywords. Functioning Advisory and Editorial Boards. SongHelix is an online search tool that enables users to access the vast repertoire of classical songs and draw novel connections between individual songs based on their music, poetry, origin, and authorship. The tool’s primary purpose is to serve as the gateway to the discovery of the Art Song—a specific vocal music composition, usually written for one voice with piano accompaniment and set to a poem, and intended for recital performance—thereby facilitating the work of humanities scholars, including musicologists, cultural historians, and literary scholars, as well as voice teachers and voice students. The most comprehensive of its kind, SongHelix is a tool with a robust search and filter that reveal each song’s “DNA” through a myriad of metadata. SongHelix makes it possible to access thousands of songs, discover works outside the popular canon, and explore commonalities and relationships between lesser known compositions and so-called masterpieces. Other, in progress 2019.
    http://www.songhelix.com
  • Mozart Requiem, bass soloist. Salt Lake Symphony, Robert Baldwin, conductor. Performance, completed 2018.
  • CD release recital for "Stöhr: Chamber Music, Vol. 2." Performing Three Songs, for Low Voice and Piano with Cello Accompaniment, op. 21, by Richard Stöhr. Performance, completed 2018.
  • "20th- and 21st-Century Song Cycles for Voice and Piano" conference presentation. Performing Shostakovich's The Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin, op. 146. Presenting with Michael Chikinda and Vedrana Subotic. Performance, completed 2018.
  • "Voices of a New World: Songs set to the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman." A shared recital including song cycles by Ned Rorem and Lee Hoiby. Featuring the world premier of a scene for baritone, piano, and cello, "On the beach at night," by Daron Hagen. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Performance, completed 2018.
  • "Voices of a New World: Songs set to the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman." A shared recital including song cycles by Ned Rorem and Lee Hoiby. Featuring the world premier of a scene for baritone, piano, and cello, "On the beach at night," by Daron Hagen. Scorca Hall, Opera America Building, New York. Performance, completed 2018.
  • "Voices of a New World: Songs set to the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman." A shared recital including song cycles by Ned Rorem and Lee Hoiby. Featuring the world premier of a scene for baritone, piano, and cello, "On the beach at night," by Daron Hagen. Amherst, Massachusetts. Performance, completed 2018.
  • "Voices of a New World: Songs set to the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman." A shared recital including song cycles by Ned Rorem and Lee Hoiby. Featuring the world premier of a scene for baritone, piano, and cello, "On the beach at night," by Daron Hagen. Salt Lake City. Performance, completed 2018.
  • Two songs from Three Calamus Poems by Ned Rorem. Bloomington, Illinois; Robert Elfline, piano. Performance, completed 2018.
  • "Heroic Gestures," Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. With the Salt Lake Symphony, Robert Baldwin, Conductor. Performance, completed 2017.
  • Beethoven, Symphony no. 9, bass soloist. With Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. Darko Butorac, Conductor. Performance, completed 2017.
  • Recital of works for Voice, Piano, and Cello in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Works by Mozart, Verdi, Barber, and Richard Stöhr. Mary Siciliano, Piano, Stefan Koch, cello. Performance, completed 2017.
  • Mozart Mass in C minor, bass soloist. With Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Darko Butorac, Conductor. Performance, completed 2017.
  • Performed the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present in a World Premier performance of an operatic version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Performance, completed 2016.
  • Performed the baritone soloist in the Brahms German Requiem with the Durango Choral Society and the San Juan Symphony. Performance, completed 2016.
  • Performed the Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin with pianist, Vedrana Subotic for the Intermezzo Chamber Artists Series Performance, completed 2016.
  • Performed Richard Stöhr's Op.21 for the first performance since 1939. With pianist Emily Williams and cellist Stefan Koch on a benefit concert in Ogden, Utah. Performance, completed 2016.
  • Performed on a concert for the Summer Vocology Institute and its supporters. Performance, completed 2016.
  • Matters of Life and Death - Illinois Wesleyan University Tightly constructed recital featuring rarely heard works including Vaughan Williams’ cycle The House of Life, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and Randall Thompson’s The Passenger Collaborative pianist, Robert Elfline Performance, completed 2016.
  • Matters of Life and Death - Augustana College Tightly constructed recital featuring rarely heard works including Vaughan Williams’ cycle The House of Life, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and Randall Thompson’s The Passenger Performance, completed 2016.
  • The Coffee Cantata, JS Bach Character: Herr Schlendrian MacPhail Community Music School, Spotlight Series Mischa Santorum, conductor Performance, completed 2015.
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, bass soloist Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, 2015 Dirk Meyer, Conductor Performance, completed 2015.
  • Mozart, Requiem, bass soloist St. Olaf College, 2015 Christopher Aspaas, Conductor Performance, completed 2015.
  • Walker, The Rage of Achilles, bass soloist Minnesota Orchestra, Jazz Series, 2015 World Premier Jazz Oratorio Performance, completed 2015.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera:Maria Padilla Character: Don Alfonso Performance, completed 2015.
  • Copland, selections from Old American Songs Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra Gary Wolfman, Conductor Performance, completed 2015.
  • Handel, Esther, Haman Lyra Baroque Matthew Mehaffey, Conductor Performance, completed 2015.
  • Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Balthazar Minnesota Orchestra Mischa Santorum, Conductor Performance, completed 2014.
  • Stephen Paulus, North Shore, bass-baritone soloist VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Orchestra Philip Brunelle, Conductor Performance, completed 2014.
  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers; Phillip Brunelle, Artistic Director 2012-2015 Professional chorister in a 32-person ensemble World Symposium on Choral Music, Seoul, South Korea Performance, completed 2014.
  • Mill City Summer Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Tosca Character: Sacristan Performance, completed 2014.
  • Mendelssohn, Elijah, Elijah The combined choirs and orchestras of the University of St. John’s Axel Thiemer, Conductor Performance, completed 2014.
  • Verdi, Requiem, bass soloist The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Dirk Meyer, Conductor Performance, completed 2014.
  • Bach, Anna Magdalena Notebook, bass soloist House of Hope Presbyterian Church Aaron David Miller, Director of Music Performance, completed 2014.
  • Mozart, Coronation Mass, bass soloist The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists Matthew Culloton, Conductor Performance, completed 2014.
  • Matters of Life and Death - Augustana College Tightly constructed recital featuring rarely heard works including Vaughan Williams’ cycle The House of Life, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and Randall Thompson’s The Passenger Collaborative pianist, Robert Elfline Performance, completed 2014.
  • Mill City Summer Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Character: Basilio Performance, completed 2013.
  • Bach, Kantata #82, soloist Minnesota Bach Ensemble Andrew Altenbach, Conductor Performance, completed 2013.
  • VocalEssence Ensemble Singers; Phillip Brunelle, Artistic Director 2012-2015 Professional chorister in a 32-person ensemble ACDA National Convention, Dallas, TX Performance, completed 2013.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Hamlet Character: Le Spectre Performance, completed 2013.
  • Haydn, Creation, bass soloist St. Catherine Choral Society Patricia Connors, Conductor Performance, completed 2012.
  • Fauré, Requiem, baritone soloist House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Motet Choir Matthew Culloton, Conductor Performance, completed 2011.
  • Rutter, Mass of the Children, bass soloist St. Catherine Choral Society Patricia Connors, Conductor Performance, completed 2011.
  • The Western Playland and Ich habe genug - House of Hope Presbyterian Church A recital featuring works for low voice and string quartet by Ivor Gurney and J.S. Bach Collaborative pianist, Jessica Schroeder Additional collaborative artists, Bel Canto Quartet and Michal Rogalski, oboe Performance, completed 2011.
  • A Recital on Personification in Poetry - University of Minnesota Including Strauss’ Mädchenblumen, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and songs by Ives, Bellini, Saint-Saëns and Ivor Gurney Collaborative pianist, Eric McEnaney Performance, completed 2011.
  • Bach, The Passion of St. John, Jesus University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Christina Chen-Byers, Conductor Performance, completed 2011.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Salome Character: First Nazarene Performance, completed 2010.
  • A Recital of English Song - University of Minnesota Including ‘Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad’ by Butterworth, ‘Let Us Garlands Bring’ by Finzi and selections from ‘Songs of Travel’ by Vaughan-Williams Collaborative pianist, Ainhoa Urkijo Performance, completed 2010.
  • Anticipation, Parties, Drinking and Aftermath - Women’s Club of Minneapolis Songs by 12 composers in a tightly woven thematic recital Collaborative pianist, Eric McEnaney Performance, completed 2010.
  • Bach, The Passion of St. Matthew, bass soloist House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Motet Choir Andrew Altenbach, Conductor Performance, completed 2010.
  • Anticipation, Parties, Drinking and Aftermath - University of Minnesota Songs by 12 composers in a tightly woven thematic recital Collaborative pianist, Aihoa Urkijo Performance, completed 2010.
  • Britten, Cantata Misericordium, baritone soloist House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Motet Choir Andrew Altenbach, Conductor Performance, completed 2009.
  • Mozart, Requiem, bass soloist Oratorio Society of Minnesota Matthew Mehaffey, Conductor Performance, completed 2009.
  • Three sets of Lieder by Johannes Brahms - University of Minnesota Including Vier Ernste Gesänge Collaborative pianist, Timothy Lovelace Performance, completed 2009.
  • Three sets of Lieder by Johannes Brahms - The Schubert Club, St. Paul, MN Including Vier Ernste Gesänge Collaborative pianist, Timothy Lovelace Performance, completed 2009.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro Character: Antonio Performance, completed 2008.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: Zaide Character: Alazim Performance, completed 2008.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: La cenerentola Character: Alidoro Performance, completed 2008.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: Fredegunda Character: Sigibert Performance, completed 2008.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: La Traviata Character: Marchese Performance, completed 2008.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: The Rake's Progress Character: Trulove Performance, completed 2007.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: Nabucco Character: Zaccharias Performance, completed 2007.
  • Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany Opera: Zar und Zimmerman Character: Lefort Performance, completed 2007.
  • Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth, TX Opera: Madama Butterfly Character: Il Bonzo Performance, completed 2007.
  • Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth, TX Opera: Falstaff Character: Pistola Performance, completed 2007.
  • Arizona Opera, Tuscon and Phoenix, AZ Opera: Madama Butterfly Character: Il Bonzo Performance, completed 2007.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Tales of Hoffman Character: Crespel Performance, completed 2006.
  • A recital featuring songs by Strauss, Brahms, Finzi and Wolf - Cooperstown, NY Collaborative pianist, Tim Hoekman Performance, completed 2006.
  • Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY Opera: Jenufa Character: Rychtar Performance, completed 2006.
  • Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY Opera: The Greater Good (world premier) Character: Cornudet Performance, completed 2006.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Nixon in China Character: Henry Kissinger (cover) Performance, completed 2006.
  • Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis, IN Opera: Carmen Character: Zuniga Performance, completed 2006.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Orazi e Curiazi Character: Il Oracolo Performance, completed 2006.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Il Signor Bruschino Character: Signor Bruschino Performance, completed 2006.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Don Giovanni Character: Leporello Performance, completed 2005.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera:Tosca Character: Sacristan Performance, completed 2005.
  • A recital featuring songs by Chausson, Ibert and Ropartz - Cooperstown, NY Collaborative pianist, Tim Hoekman Performance, completed 2005.
  • Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY Opera: Lucie de Lammermoor Character: Raimond Performance, completed 2005.
  • Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Character: Basilio (cover) Performance, completed 2005.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man Character: Carr-Gomm Performance, completed 2005.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Carmen Character: Zuniga Performance, completed 2005.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Der Kaiser von Atlantis Character: Tod and Der Lautsprecher Performance, completed 2005.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Madama Butterfly Character: Il Bonzo Performance, completed 2004.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: The Rape of Lucretia Character: Junius Performance, completed 2004.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Lucretia Borgia Character: Petrucci Performance, completed 2003.
  • Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, MN Opera: Rigoletto Character: Monterone Performance, completed 2003.
  • Chautauqua Opera, Chautauqua, NY Opera: Don Giovanni Character: Leporello (cover) Performance, completed 2003.
  • Chautauqua Opera, Chautauqua, NY Opera: La Boheme Character: Colline Performance, completed 2003.
  • Chautauqua Opera, Chautauqua, NY Opera: Romeo and Juliet Character: Duke of Verona Performance, completed 2003.
  • Central City Opera, Central City, CO Opera: A Midsummer Night's Dream Character: Peter Quince Performance, completed 2002.
  • Opera North, Lebanon, NH Opera: Don Giovanni Character: Leporello (cover) Performance, completed 2001.

Presentations

  • SongHelix: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Look at the Online Hub for Art Song Discovery. Music Library Association, 91st Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, March 2-6, 2022. , Accepted, 2021.
  • SongHelix: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Look at the Online Hub for Art Song Discovery. National Association of Teachers of Singing, 56th National Conference, Virtual (COVID-19), June 26-30, 2020. , Presented, 2020.
  • Digital Humanities Research Interest Group, Marriott Library. Presented SongHelix. , Presented, 2018.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass, Salt Lake City, Summer Vocology Institute. Hosted by Drs. Ingo Titze and Lynn Maxfield. , Presented, 2017.
  • Gave public masterclass for the students of the Vocology summer program. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Maxfield and Dr. Ingo Titze. , Presented, 2016.
  • Gave masterclass for members of the Northern Utah Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). , Presented, 2016.
  • Guest speaker, North Park University, Graduate Introduction to Research, November 1, 2021. “An Introduction to SongHelix and Digital Humanities Research.”. , Presented, 2021.
  • Co-presenter, Annual Utah Performance Voice Conference, April 24, 2021. Virtual Voice Assessment, treatment, and performance voice coaching during a global pandemic. “Solutions to Problems and Comparisons and Cost/Benefits Discussion of Technical Setups and Virtual Platforms.”. , Presented, 2021.
  • Fridays with Faculty, School of Music presentation of SongHelix. , Presented, 2018.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass, University of Minnesota. , Presented, 2018.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass; University of Massachusettes, Amherst. , Presented, 2018.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass; Illinois Wesleyan University. , Presented, 2018.
  • Panelist on a public discussion of the pedagogy textbook, What Every Singer Needs to Know about the Body. For the local chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. , Presented, 2017.
  • Guest Speaker, Vocal Pedagogy, Augustana College Addressed issues concerning vocal registration and changing voices. , Presented, 2016.
  • Interviewee on VocalFri Podcast, a weekly podcast on vocal pedagogy and pop culture. Described the development of SongHelix. Typical listenership, 150. Other, Presented, 2020.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass, Illinois Wesleyan University. Other, Presented, 2016.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass, Minnesota Opera Worked with members of The Apprentice Program of the Minnesota Opera. Other, Presented, 2015.
  • Public Vocal Masterclass, MacPhail Center for Music Worked with students of varying ages and levels of experience. Other, Presented, 2014.
  • Presented SongHelix at CollabFest 2019, a national, annual conference for collaborative pianists (accompanists). , Presented, 2019.
  • Introduction to SongHelix, the online hub for art song discovery. National Association Teachers of Singing, Regional Conference. Reno, NV. , Presented, 2019.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Voice lessons and insights from a master teacher. PI: - 2016. Total project budget to date:

Publications

  • Seth Keeton (date unknown). Transparent Boundaries, Songs to the to poems of Dickinson, Whitman, and Emerson. Parma Recordings. Accepted, .
  • Seth Keeton (date unknown). Stöhr: Chamber Music, Vol. 2; Three Songs, for Low Voice and Piano with Cello Accompaniment, Op. 21. Toccata Classics. Accepted, .