German-born conductor Dr. Martin H. Seggelke is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, serves as assistant conductor with the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, and works as music professor and administrator at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He has held several professional positions as Music Director and Conductor, and has taught at universities in California, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, and Germany.
Ensembles under Dr. Seggelke’s leadership have enjoyed high critical acclaim at national and international conferences and performance venues. He has recorded on the Naxos, Klavier, and Mark Custom labels, including productions at Skywalker Ranch, winning the American Prize in 2015. He is a highly sought-after guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, nationally and internationally, who has commissioned and premiered a large number of new compositions. He has presented at national and international conferences, has authored book chapters and articles in various music magazines, and has won numerous awards, prizes, and grants. Composers, ensemble musicians, audiences, and critics continue to praise his emotional interpretations and innovative concert programming.
Martin Seggelke holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and further degrees from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. His teachers include Mark Scatterday, Neil Varon, Brad Lubman, Donald Hunsberger, Christoph Eschenbach, Toshiyuki Shimada, Paula Holcomb, Glenn Price, Felix Hauswirth, Gunther Schuller, Paul Vermel, Pierre Kuijpers, Baldur Brönnimann, Frederick Fennell, and Claus Peter Flor.