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,
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.