Dr. Bryce Seliger
Director of Orchestral Activities
Orchestra, Music History
B.M., State University of New York – Fredonia
M.M., Butler University
D.M.A., in Orchestra Conducting, University of South Carolina
Dr. Bryce Seliger serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and Music Director/Conductor of the Pacific University Orchestra. Also committed to her teaching, she instructs courses at Pacific in music history, conducting, and music theory. During the summer of 2006 she served as Director of the Stringendo Summer Strings Camp at Pacific. From 2003-5, Dr. Seliger served as Director of Orchestral Studies and Music Director/Conductor of the Florida Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra as well as Associate Conductor of the Florida Youth Orchestra and Conductor of The Wind Stars Chamber Ensemble. Prior to these positions, she taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and Claflin University.
Dr. Seliger’s previous conducting appointments include serving as Music Director/Conductor the University of South Carolina Repertoire Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of Butler University’s Symphony Orchestra and Jordan Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the State University of New York – Fredonia, and Conductor of the Richland County Youth Orchestras in South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Seliger has guest conducted professional orchestras both in the United States and Europe, some of which include the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia (former Florida Philharmonic), Academy Orchestra of the Aspen Music Festival, Sessione Senese per la Musica Symphony & Chamber Orchestras (Italy & Switzerland), Astoria Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Columbia Chamber Players, and Orchestra of Colours (Greece). Moreover, she has guest conducted the Dallas Brass as well as a Piccolo Spoleto Opera Series.
An avid promoter of contemporary music, Dr. Seliger has conducted numerous world premieres, including a recent performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has received exceptional commendation and accolades from the composers themselves for her interpretations of their music that she conducted debut performances of. Furthermore, her area of expertise lies in performing many composers’ works re-orchestrated by Gustav Mahler and works that were also modified by Mahler’s contemporaries. Thus far, she has conducted the Florida and South Carolina premieres of the Bach-Mahler Suite for Orchestra, a work she is a foremost scholar on. She also recently conducted the Oregon premiere of Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor “Death in the Maiden” re-orchestrated for string orchestra by Mahler.
She was recently featured in articles in the Oregonian and Hillsboro Argus (OR). A current article on Dr. Seliger was published in the magazine Palm Beach Illustrated (FL), a piece in which she was heralded as an “exceptional performer.” As the recipient of prestigious awards in music, Dr. Seliger has received grants, fellowships and scholarships from music festivals and universities across the US as well as Europe. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in orchestral conducting and a Bachelor of Music in flute performance. While pursuing her conducting studies, she trained with acclaimed American conductors David Zinman, Stanley DeRusha, Murry Sidlin, Donald Portnoy, Russell Mikkelson, and Grant Cooper. Additionally, she participated in numerous masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Paul Vermel, Christopher Wilkins, Larry Rachleff, Kirk Trevor, Victoria Bond, Philip Greenberg, Gerhardt Samuel, and James Smith.