about tim seelig

A lifetime of music

Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, teacher and motivational speaker. In addition to Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, he continues a busy guest-conducting schedule throughout the U.S. and across the globe. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale, which he conducted for 20 years, co-founded The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and taught on the faculty at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has authored seven books and DVDs on choral technique including best-sellers The Perfect Blend, and The Perfect Rehearsal as well as The Perfect Choral Workbook, Quick Choral Fixes, The Music Within and the brand new Language of Music.

His recordings have been on Billboard Top Ten and iTunes Top Ten classical charts. The PBS documentary about the TCC received the national Emmy award for best documentary. Dr. Seelig has conducted around the world and regularly at Carnegie Hall for the last 25 years, as well as Lincoln Center and the Southbank Centre in London.

His groups have commissioned choral works for a variety of amazing organizations. Some of those are amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation featuring Dr. Maya Angelou and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring Marlo Thomas. Recent commissions Testimony by Stephen Schwartz, Tyler’s Suite for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, New Year’s Carol by Ola Gjeilo, I Am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa and #twitterlieder by James Eakin.

Dr. Seelig’s first career was as a singer. He made his European operatic debut at the Staatsoper in St. Gallen, Switzerland and solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He appeared as soloist in world premieres of composers including John Corigliano, Conrad Susa and Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach). Interesting facts include conducting the Guinness Book Of World Record's Longest Choral Concert and carrying the Olympic torch as a community Hero. He has not run since.

Known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor, Grammy Magazine says, Dr. Seelig takes eclecticism to new heights.  Fanfare Magazine says he raises singers from the ranks of amateur choir to one receiving wide recognition for excellent performancesof appealing, fresh repertoire. The New York Times calls Seelig an expressive performer, and the Fort Worth Star Telegram quips, Seelig slices a thick cut of ham.

He is married to Dan England and is the proud grandfather of the amazing Clara Skye and Eden Mae.


Artistic Director
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
January 2011 – Present (5 years 11 months)

Artistic Director
Turtle Creek Chorale
August 1987 – August 2007 (20 years 1 month)
Conductor Emeritus