Dr. Martin Seggelke
Dr. Martin H. Seggelke is a member of the music faculty at San Francisco State University. He serves as Director of Wind Ensembles, conducting the SFSU Wind Ensemble, leading the Master of Music program in Wind Conducting, and teaching undergraduate classes in conducting. In addition, he is on the conducting faculty at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary.
Prior to his appointment at SFSU, Dr. Seggelke served as Music Department Chair and Director of Wind Ensembles at the University of Minnesota Morris. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, the State University of New York Fredonia and the University of Bremen, Germany, and has held several positions as music director and conductor, including the New Opera Theatre Ensemble (NOTE) Bremen, Germany, OSSIA – the New Music Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music, the Symphonic Wind Band Norderstedt, Germany and the Norderstedt Youth Wind Orchestra.
Martin Seggelke holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music in Conducting from SUNY Fredonia, a Diploma of Fine Arts in Conducting from the University of Calgary, Canada, and both a Master of Music in Music Education and a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Bremen, Germany. His most influential teachers include Mark Scatterday, Donald Hunsberger, Paula Holcomb, and Glenn Price.
Dr. Seggelke is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, nationally and internationally. He has presented at national and international conferences, and he has been the author of book chapters and articles in various music magazines. Among his honors and awards are the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, the Eastman School of Music Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as several international and national grants, scholarships and first prizes at national music competitions. For four years, he served as a board member of the German Section of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). Other professional memberships include CBDNA, CMS, IGEB, NBA, MENC and Mensa. An advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Seggelke has commissioned and premiered many new works for wind ensemble.
After two years of playing clarinet with the German Marine Band, Martin Seggelke worked as a studio musician and freelance performer, including productions for the Northern German Radio Station (NDR) and appearances at the Salzburg Festival and the Schauspielhaus Hannover. His principal teachers were Martin Stoffel (University of Bremen), Wolfgang Braun and Jürgen Schmidt. He played in the Bremen Chamber Symphony, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra, the MID Europe International Wind Orchestra, the Symphonic Wind Band Norderstedt and the Buxtehude Symphony Orchestra. His private clarinet studio includes students in Hamburg, Norderstedt, Bremen and Morris.