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Lester Seigel

Lester Seigel

Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music

Lester SeigelOffice:

Hill Hall 114

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549033
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4957
Office Fax: (205) 226 3058

Brief Biography:

Lester Seigel's work as a conductor has been internationally noted for his choir's "seamless phrasing and sensitive blending" and "wonderfully exuberant and euphonious" sound (Gramophone, July 2010). His busy schedule of performances as a conductor and accompanist includes prestigious venues throughout the United States and abroad. His select vocal ensemble Sursum Corda has performed at both state and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, and has appeared professionally with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra under maestros Justin Brown and Carlos Izcaray. Prof. Seigel has led the BSC Concert Choir in concert at prestigious venues throughout the eastern United States and in Europe, including the choir's New York performance at Alice Tully Hall, and at Carnegie Hall as the sole choral ensemble in Ernest Bloch's "Sacred Service," with Seigel conducting the BSC forces and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. He has been re-engaged to conduct at Carnegie Hall in May 2018, leading a combined choir and the New England ensemble in Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and other works.

Since 1989, he has been Organist at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook, and its Choirmaster since 1995.

Seigel is a published composer and arranger (with Oxford University Press) and an active recitalist. The audiobook version of "The Diaries of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain, for which he composed and conducted an original score, was nominated by a Grammy Award. Seigel is also active as an organ recitalist and in chamber music,

He has two CDs available commercially with Sursum Corda, and the Christmas recording "To You We Bring This Glad Noel" with the BSC Concert Choir is also available.

Educational Background:

D.M.A. (1991); M.M. (1983), University of Colorado-Boulder
B.M. (1979), Birmingham-Southern College

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Conducting
  • Choral Music
  • American Music (Classical)
  • Jewish choral liturgical music in the Reform tradition

Research Interests:

Musical history of Birmingham's early years Choral Music tradition of Reform Judaism

Courses Taught:

MU 121, Introduction to Music

MU 211 Concert Choir (1/4)
A mixed-voice ensemble that presents performances on-campus, records and tours regionally each year, and nationally and internationally frequently, and often performs major works with orchestra in local performances. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent.

MU 242, Opera Workshop (conductor)

MU 341, Chamber Music Ensemble

MU 371: Advanced Conducting
Designed to teach the student majoring in music how to train ensembles, to read scores, and to conduct efficient rehearsals. May be repeated for credit (a Leadership Studies designated course). Prerequisite: MU 271. Fall.

Hilltop Singers (no course number)

Other music courses as needed