Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, scholar, teacher, and violinist. He is Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony and the founding Music Director of Morningside Opera, both in New York City. He is also Assistant Professor of Music at Connecticut College, where he conducts the college orchestra and teaches music history and theory. Recent engagements include collaborations with actors David Hyde Pierce and Victor Garber, and the New York City premiere of Mark O’Connor’s Improvised Violin Concerto with The Chelsea Symphony. In 2009, he conducted the western hemisphere premiere of J.A. Hasse’s Alcide al bivio in a production praised by Opera News as a “lively, well calibrated performance.”
Mark holds a BA in Music from Yale University and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University. He studied at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Maine, where he served as an assistant to music director Michael Jinbo for two seasons. His conducting teachers include Lawrence Leighton Smith and Shinik Hahm, and he has participated in workshops with Kenneth Kiesler, Daniel Lewis, Donald Portnoy, Donald Thulean, and Paul Vermel. He was the 2003 recipient of the Yale Friends of Music Prize and has been honored with an ASCAP Morton Gould award.