Dr. Steven Seigart is a conductor, organist, and composer based in the D.C. area. Dr. Seigart currently serves as Director of Music Ministry at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Alexandria, VA, where he continues the nearly 250-year tradition of high-quality music for all ages. Dr. Seigart previous served as Music Director at the Church of Saint Joseph (Bronxville, NY), where he founded the period-instrument Orchestra of Saint Joseph and directed their five choirs and concert series, St. Margaret Mary (Westwood, MA), Christ Church (Rochester, NY), St. Paul’s Cathedral (Syracuse, NY), and many others.
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. At BU, Dr. Seigart conducted the women's chorus, opera chorus, and assembled his own orchestral-choral forces for a number of concerts. 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 has 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's production of Handel's Alcina (Arezzo, Italy) and as Assistant Conductor/Coach for Opera Saratoga's production of Grétry's Zémire et Azor (Saratoga Springs, NY). 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, and was premiered on May 4, 2014. 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 under professors David Higgs and William Porter, earning his Bachelor degree in 2008. He specializes in improvisation of various styles, and was invited to improvise on NPR's Pipedreams Live! (aired on 10/19/09) during a series of live concerts at Eastman, and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2012 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, becoming one of the youngest competitors ever to advance to the semi-finals. On CD, his organ playing can be heard on Loft Record's recent record, "Mendelssohn: Rarities," distributed internationally through Naxos, and available on Amazon. 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 taught on the staff of Boston University as a teacher in Aural Musicianship. During the summers at Tanglewood, he also taught music theory and ear training to select groups of students as part of the Tanglewood Institute. He has also taught choral music and musicianship at the Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA), Saint Joseph's Parochial School (Bronxville, NY), and the University of Maryland (College Park, MD).
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, soprano Suzanne Karpov, the Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, the Eastman Collegium Musicum, the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church, Rochester, and numerous theater companies.