German-born conductor Dr. Martin H. Seggelke works as music professor and administrator at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; and he is the conductor of the South Pasadena Community Band, the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, a professional level wind orchestra, and the associate conductor with the Pinellas Park Orchestra. Since 1999, Dr. Seggelke has been a professor at universities in California, Minnesota, Illinois, New York and Germany, and has held several professional positions as Music Director and Conductor, including the New Opera Theatre Ensemble (NOTE) Bremen, OSSIA New Music at Eastman, and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra Norderstedt. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and further graduate degrees in conducting, education, and geography from universities in the U.S., Canada and Germany.
Ensembles under Dr. Seggelke’s leadership have enjoyed high critical acclaim at national and international conferences and performance venues. With the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, he has recorded at Skywalker Ranch, at the 2015 WASBE Conference in San Jose’s California Theatre, and on the Mark Custom label; with the ISU Wind Symphony he has recorded on the Naxos and Klavier labels, winning the American Prize in 2015. Composers, ensemble musicians, audiences, critics and the international music community continue to praise his emotional interpretations and innovative concert programming. Professor Seggelke is a passionate teacher, and a highly sought-after guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has presented and conducted at international and national conferences, and has authored book chapters, and articles in various music magazines. An advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Seggelke has commissioned, and performed world premieres of, a large number of new compositions.
is our Assistant Conductor. Seraphime spent 37 years, his entire career, in the Roseville Community Schools (Michigan) teaching at all levels of instrumental music. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit and received his B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Music Administration. He chaired the Macomb County Band Directors Association as well as served as Chairman of Solo/Ensemble and Band and Orchestra Festivals. He was inducted into the prestigious American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) and a few years later was recognized as one of the ten best directors in the nation. In 1971, his Roseville Band was selected to represent the USA in the first International Band Festival in Vienna, Austria. In 1984 Seraphime was selected by his colleagues for Teacher of the Year (Michigan). He has adjudicated solo and ensemble festivals and band and orchestra festivals at the District and State levels. His major instrument is clarinet. He is married to Adela and has two sons--Henry is teaching English in China and Robert is an ER physician at Memorial Hospital in Tampa.