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On the national stage: Seth Lowery, senior

Posted: Jul 31, 2014

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“I’ve been doing music with my family my whole life. Everyone sings and plays at least one instrument. Music is always a part of our family gatherings. I’m thankful for this background.” — Seth Lowery

Seth Lowery (senior, music major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) has come a long way since his first vocal performance at age two. Recently, he competed in the inaugural National Student Auditions program, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This was his first national competition.

Finishing in the top three for the Central Region, he was a semi-finalist in the College/Private Music Theater Men category. He competed against 13 other performers in Boston.

“This is the most excited I’ve ever been about anything in my entire life!” Seth says.

A higher standard

To enter the competition, he used his iPad to produce four performance videos and then posted them to YouTube. His selections were: “Lonely House” from “Street Scene;” “Maria” from “West Side Story;” “Movin’ Out” from “She’s Got A Way;” and “Taking the Wheel” from “It’s Only Life.”

Through the competition in Boston, Seth also received free registration for the NATS national conference that was taking place at the same time. There, he attended several seminars and a master class with a Broadway composer.

“It was such a privilege to be there,” he says. “This was just the encouragement I needed to push me forward in my training and to provide me with a higher standard.”

Appreciating the gifts

Seth is on track to receive his degree from Olivet in May 2015. Before then, he will direct the 2014 Broadway Revue, serve as the assistant conductor of Olivet’s new Apollo Choir, and continue to teach private voice and trumpet lessons.

And after that?

“I want to work for a while,” he says. “Then I’ll go on to graduate school, possibly in vocal performance, voice pedagogy or musical theater. Maybe on the East Coast or in Chicago.”

“I want to be famous like a buttonhole,” he adds. “I don’t want to gain immense notoriety. I want to use the gifts God has given me to shape the world around me. That’s why God gave me these gifts.”
 

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