Mark Seto

Mark Seto

Associate Professor of Music
Director, Connecticut College Orchestra

Joined Connecticut College: 2011

B.A., Yale University
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia University


Historical musicology

Orchestral conducting

19th-century music

Symphonic culture in fin-de-siècle Paris

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a musicologist, conductor, teacher, and violinist. He directs the Connecticut College orchestra and teaches music history, theory, conducting, and orchestration.

As a musicologist, Seto’s research explores issues of influence, nationalism, and cultural identity in fin-de-siècle Paris. He has presented his work at national and international conferences including the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Biennial International Conference on 19th-Century Music, the North American Conference on 19th-Century Music, and Feminist Theory and Music.

His recent publications include a chapter on the choral music of Luigi Cherubini and Augusta Holmès in Nineteenth-Century Choral Music, ed. Donna M. Di Grazia (New York: Routledge, 2013); an introduction to a new score of Vincent d’Indy’s Fantaisie sur des thèmes populaires français (Munich: Musikproduktion Höflich, 2013); and articles and reviews published or forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Music, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review. Working from manuscript sources, he has prepared performing materials and conducted western hemisphere premieres of works by Augusta Holmès and J. A. Hasse. His production of Hasse’s Alcide al bivio was praised by Opera News as a “lively, well calibrated performance.”

Seto is Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. Since Seto’s tenure with The Chelsea Symphony began in 2011, the ensemble has performed more than two dozen world premieres and has had debut performances at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and Symphony Space. Seto’s recent engagements with The Chelsea Symphony include collaborations with actors David Hyde Pierce, Charles Busch, and Victor Garber; the New York City premiere of Mark O’Connor’s Improvised Violin Concerto, with the composer soloing; and the Lincoln Center premiere of the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell.

Seto 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.

For more information, please visit Mark Seto’s personal website.

Courses taught:

First-Year Seminar: Musical Selfies
First-Year Seminar: Politics and Protest in Music from the 1930s to the Present
Music 130CC: Thinking Musically: Foundations of Music Theory
Music 131: Foundational Theory for Musicians
Music 220E: Musical Theater Ensemble
Music 220F: Orchestra
Music 248: History of Western Music II (Classical Period to Present)
Music 320: Orchestration
Music 325/326: Conducting I/II
Music 493: Advanced Study Seminar: Music and Culture in Third Republic France
Music 493: Advanced Study Seminar: Musical Nationalism and Exoticism

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Majoring in music.

Contact Mark Seto

Mailing Address

Mark Seto
Connecticut College
Box #5244
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


223 Cummings Arts Center

Personal Website