Jan. 12, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus Seth Keeton ’98 will present a guest recital at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in Westbrook Auditorium. The performance will also feature Illinois Wesleyan graduate Robert Elfline ’97 as Keeton’s accompanist.
Keeton is a bass baritone with extensive experience as an operatic singer. He has performed roles on the stages of The Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Ft. Worth Opera and Opera Omaha, as well as Theater Bremen in Germany. He was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2006 and has received awards from the Sullivan Foundation and the Eleanor McCollum Competition. Keeton has been seen on stage as the bass soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Creation” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from Illinois Wesleyan, Keeton earned his master’s degree from Indiana University and his doctorate of musical arts from the University of Minnesota. Keeton is currently assistant professor of voice at the University of Utah, where he teaches vocal pedagogy.
Elfline received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Illinois Wesleyan. He earned a master’s degree at Rice University and a doctorate of musical arts from Cincinnati University. He is a faculty member at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
The Jan. 26 recital, entitled “Matters of Life and Death,” will feature works from The House of Life by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Songs and Dances of Death by Mussorgsky. The concert is free and open to the public.
By Emily Phelps ’19