Dr. Martin H. Seggelke is a member of the music faculty at Illinois State University.
He serves as Director of Bands, conducting the ISU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band,
leading the Master of Music program in Wind Conducting, and teaching undergraduate
classes in conducting. In addition, he is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor
of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, a professional level wind ensemble in the Bay
Area, and a member of the conducting faculty at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming
Prior to his appointment at ISU, Dr. Seggelke has taught at San Francisco State University,
College of Marin, the University of Minnesota Morris, 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 The State University of New York at
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, Christoph Eschenbach, 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.
For two years Dr. Seggelke played clarinet with the German Marine Band. He proceeded
to work 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 included students in
Hamburg, Norderstedt, Bremen and Morris.