Dr. Jeffery Seeley
Associate Professor of Church Music
Dr. Jeffery Seeley, Associate Professor of Church Music at the Townsend School of Music, holds a D.Min. degree in Church Music from Emory University, an M.Mus.in Choral Conducting from Mansfield University, an M.Div. from Drew University and a B.A. in music from Lycoming College. Immediately prior to his appointment at Mercer, he was the Director of Choral Activities and Instructor of Music at Elmira College. An ordained minister and certified minister of music in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Seeley has held music ministry positions in United Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches, often accompanied by pastoral and worship ministry responsibilities, for over 30 years. He is currently the Director of Music at the Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon, GA.
Dr. Seeley was the founder of and instructor in the former Church Music Certificate Program at Lycoming College from 1992-94. The program offered continuing education in church music methods, music theory, and conducting for practicing church musicians. Subsequently, he was the Executive Director and Consultant for Music Ministry Resources: An Institute for Church Music from 1995-2003. Like the certificate program, the institute provided extended educational opportunities for current and prospective church musicians and provided visionary leadership in music ministry.
Dr. Seeley also founded and served as the first director, and currently advisor, for the Saint John’s School of the Arts in Williamsport, PA. The school’s mission has been to “offer excellent training in music and the fine arts, in an atmosphere and environment supporting the Christian ethic.”
Academically, in addition to his current position at Mercer and most recent post at Elmira College, he was an Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies and Protestant Campus Minister at Lock Haven University from 2008-12. From 2003-2007, he was the Director of Performing Arts at Elmira College. In that position, he ran an extensive concert series for the college, a required component of its curriculum, and served as an adjunct instructor of voice and piano during that time. He also taught courses in church music at Mansfield University and Empire State College.
Dr. Seeley’s professional involvement has also included directing an inner city children’s choir in Paterson, NJ (1977-79) and serving as the Chapel Choir Director/Organist at the Muncy State Correctional Institute in Muncy, PA (1976-77). He was the music consultant for the Centennial Worship Planning Committee of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches (2010-11), a member of the Board of Directors of the Williamsport (PA) Chamber Choir and Orchestra (2007-09) and Survey Consultant to a pilot project entitled, “Empowering Congregational Music: Linking Thought and Practice,” a Lilly Endowment-sponsored effort (2001-02).
He is a sought-after workshop clinician in the areas of pastor-musician relationships, worship design, models for effective hymn and anthem selections, music ministry self-studies, and others. He has been a hymn festival leader, administrator of church music leadership retreats, director of mass choirs for festival services and director of summer choir schools for children.
Dr. Seeley is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the American Guild of Organists and the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His research interests are in theomusicology, contrafactum and church musician/pastor relationships.
He is married to his wife, Dale, and they have three grown children and three grandchildren.