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David A. Seitz, Conductor and Composer

David A. Seitz, Conductor and Composer

Camerata Press makes available to choir directors and singers the creative and expertly crafted choral music of David A. Seitz.

His settings have been written during fifty years of conducting college, radio, church, community, and professional ensembles.

These influences make the phrase classic settings for choirs a good one to describe David's work:

  • Baroque (Bach, Handel), Classical (Mozart, Haydn) and Classical/Romantic (Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms) composers

  • the mystical artistic atmosphere of the Renaissance period

  • reverence for historic/traditional worship materials, style, and music

  • the southern hymn-singing and folk-hymn traditions

  • the popularity of folk singing in the 1960s

  • the Mennonite a cappella hymn-singing environment of his youth

  • the prominence of men's (TTBB) ensembles in his early experiences

  • his early arranging, singing, and conducting for Mennonite Broadcasts (now MennoMedia)

  • the keyboard skills of his wife Christine Larson Seitz, David's accompanist since 1978

Those have resulted in the classic hallmarks of his style:

  • a prominent place for tasteful hymn arrangements

  • accessible and functional–yet colorful and rich–harmonies

  • themes with variations

  • imitative counterpoint

  • men's and women's double-choir passages

  • varied voicing and textures

  • significant keyboard accompaniments

Featured Video

The Master's Touch and In the Garden of the Lord are the first of David Seitz's pieces to appear on YouTube.



In 1964 I was second tenor in the Mennonite Hour Quartet, and that summer we toured the island of Jamaica extensively for two weeks. Mennonite Broadcasts produced "The Way to Life" for airing overseas.



An event in 2009 was pivotal in launching Camerata Press. E. C. Schirmer in Boston, eminent American composer Randall Thompson's publisher, accepted my SATB arrangement of Thompson's solo song "Velvet Shoes."