Coordinator of Theory and Oral Skills
MA, Northwestern University
BA, Wabash College
Philip Seward is a composer, pianist, and tenor. A partial list of his productions include Les Dames á trios…et piano at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City and the Stages Festival in Chicago; High Fidelity at Merkin Hall in New York City and the Chicago Humanities Festival; and Jeff Award-winning Hans Brinker. Three commissions from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Stone Soup, A Noteworthy Tale, and African Stories, have been produced in Chicago, Toledo Opera, Memphis Opera, and Pensacola Opera among others.
His piano music has been performed in many parts of the United States as well as in Holland, Germany and Poland. His choral music is published by Edition Music Contact. His choral composition “Blessing” premiered on WFMT radio and his “Sonnet” for chorus and orchestra premiered in Chicago’s Symphony Center.
Seward has sung Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for Intimate Opera and counts among his favorite roles John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, the prince in R & H Cinderella, and many other shows such as The Beggar’s Opera, A Chorus Of Disapproval, The American Clock, Happy End, and The Phantom of the Opera. He has performed Art Song recitals in Rzeszów and Wroclaw in Poland as well as in Chicago. Seward has performed his works for piano as well as other contemporary composers throughout the Midwest and in central Europe. He also conducts the choir at St. James Presbyterian Church.
At Columbia, he has been the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. He is currently completing his DMA in Composition with Dr. Stephen Davismoon at the University of Salford.
For more information: www.philipseward.com