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Student to watch: Seth Lowery, soloist at 100th Commencement Concert

Posted: Apr 25, 2013

“Hello, everyone. My name is Seth Lowery. I’m a junior studying music performance, and I’m from Kankakee, Illinois.” Every weekend when he travels with The Olivetians, a ministry team that sings at churches and district assemblies in the midwest, Seth says these words. But his musical talents are taking him to many other places.

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, he will be performing “Tous les Trois” by Donizetti with Ashley Raffauf (senior, Homewood, Ill.) and Ben Geeding (junior, Manteno, Ill.) in the 100th Commencement Concert. "Despite the comedic nature of this role, those who have heard Seth before will notice the maturity of his voice," said Dr. Neal Woodruff ’91, Seth's voice teacher.

Musical expression to bless his audience

Music is a necessity for Seth. He recalls a time in high school when he participated in the Illinois Music Educator Association’s (IMEA) district choir.

“The guest clinician asked the choir, ’How much music do you need in your life?’” he says. “I realized at that moment that I need music more than most people. I’ve been singing non-stop since I could talk. I’ve been performing on a stage since I can remember.”

Seth decided to major in music performance at Olivet, even though he was apprehensive. Music is extremely competitive, and a lot of people want to make it to the stage. Regardless of the risks, he is here to study and do what he loves. He wants to do God’s will in order that people will not see him, but see God’s light through him.

Victor Hugo said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

Seth has internalized that message and strives to be both a singer and a performer. "The singer gets through the piece, but the performer takes the audience through the piece," he says.

Sharing his many gifts

When Seth auditioned for and received Olivet’s Hale-Wilder Voice Scholarship Award, he knew he was on the right track for beginning his musical career.

"The brilliance of Seth's vocal tone is matched only by that of his personality. He is a bright and shining star," Professor Kay Welch ’95 said.

While at Olivet, Seth has been a soloist for Handel’s “Messiah” for two years, was a finalist for the Illinois competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and was the music director for “Broadway Revue.” And he still finds time to give voice and trumpet lessons.

His favorite part about performing is the connection that can be made with the audience, and Seth is determined to keep that connection strong. Dr. Don Reddick ’79, chair of the music department, said that he has an "incredible talent." 

But Seth is more than just a tenor voice.

Ministry through music

Seth’s father, Dr. Kevin Lowery, is a professor of philosophy and theology at Olivet. He has nurtured and contributed to Seth's intuitive and intellectual mind. When performing, Seth has the ability to use his voice and engage his mind.

A caring heart and a desire to minister to others through music are evident in everything Seth does.

"Seth is a good friend who will listen to you. I appreciate his talent and intelligence," said Kyle Hance, a member of The Olivetians.

A good friend, a great listener and an engaging performer, Seth Lowery has much to offer. Listen to him sing, and let him take you through the music.