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Seth Keeton

Associate Professor, Voice
Voice Area Head

DMA University of Minnesota
MM Indiana University
BM Illinois Wesleyan University

Phone: 801-581-6760
Office: DGH 426
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Bass-baritone, Seth Keeton’s performances have been described by The New York Times as “driven” and “emotionally pointed,” and “stentorian” by Opera News. He has performed operatic roles throughout the US, and at Theater Bremen in Bremen, Germany. In 2006, he was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has received awards from the Sullivan Foundation and the Eleanor McCollum Competition. As a recitalist he presents tightly knit programs, singing pieces in unique combination and often including rarely performed works. As a scholar Keeton has created an online song index, SongHelix, that makes it easy to find related song repertoire. This index can be found at Mr. Keeton received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota and is an Associate Professor of Voice, and the chair of the Voice Area at the University of Utah School of Music. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Angie and son, Miles.

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate Vocal Pedagogy
  • Graduate (Masters) Vocal Pedagogy
  • Voice Teaching Practicum
  • Applied Voice Lessons


2022 SongHelix: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Look at the Online Hub for Art Song Discovery. Music Library Association, 91st Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, March 2-6, 2022

2021 Stravinsky, Pulcinella, bass soloist Salt Lake City, February 5 & 6, 2021 Utah Symphony; Thierry Fischer, conductor

2021 St. Cecilia’s Day Concert - soloist Fauré Requiem, soloist Bruckner Te Deum Madeleine Choir School, Salt Lake City, November 20, 2021

2021 Utah Opera, Salt Lake City, UT Immigration Officer, Flight

2020 Transparent Boundaries, Songs to poetry of Dickinson, Whitman, and Emerson, Navona Records, BO87CVXRCW, 2020, Compact disc.

2018 Stöhr: Chamber Music, Vol. 2, Toccata Classics, B076KWH2YC, 2018, Compact disc.

2019 Utah Opera, Salt Lake City, UT Der Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte

2016 “Effective and Meaningful Assessment in Applied Collegiate Voice Lessons,” Journal of Singing, Volume 72, No. 5 (May/June 2016): 563-572.

2019 SongHelix, reference website,

The goal of the tool is that it will become the hub for art song discovery, as a comprehensive catalogue of all recital appropriate repertoire that is extensively internally cross-referenced and externally linked

Currently 6,996 unique song entries with robust metadata
Currently 15,000 unique keywords

2020 SongHelix: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Look at the Online Hub for Art Song Discovery. National Association of Teachers of Singing, 56th National Conference, Virtual (COVID-19), June 26-30, 2020.


2021 Development of a new degree program

MM in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy: In collaboration with Dr. Lynn Maxfield, National Center for Voice and Speech, created a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy.

2021 University of Utah, Fall; MUSC 6822, Voice Teaching Practicum

2020 University of Utah, Spring; MUSC 6820, Advanced Vocal Pedagogy

2021 Co-presenter, Annual Utah Performance Voice Conference, April 24, 2021.

Virtual Voice Assessment, treatment, and performance voice coaching during a global pandemic. “Solutions to Problems and Comparisons and Cost/Benefits Discussion of Technical Setups and Virtual Platforms.”

2020 Guest speaker, Northern Utah NATS chapter, August 29, 2020. Navigating Technology: a teachers guide

2020 Vocal Masterclass, Opera NEO, Virtual (COVID-19), July 29, 2020

2020 Introduction to SongHelix, Opera NEO, Virtual (COVID-19), July 27th, 2020

2019 Guest speaker, Northern Utah NATS chapter, November 9, 2019. Discussed the merits of the NATS Intern Program and Vocal Acoustics Pedagogy Workshop

2019 Introduction to SongHelix, Opera NEO, San Diego, California, August 17th, 2019

2019 Vocal Masterclass, Opera NEO, San Diego, California, July 15, 2019


  • 2020-present Academic Senate
  • 2017-2020 University Teaching Committee
  • 2019-present Digital Matters Advisory Board
College of Fine Arts
  • 2021-2022 Search Committee, Director of the School of Music, member
  • 2020-2022 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) proposal  evaluator
  • 2019-present Summer Research Institute Task Force Committee
  • 2018-2019 Strategic Planning Sub-committee, Redefining Research
School of Music
  • 2021-2022 Search Committee, Director of Jazz, member
  • 2021-present Undergraduate Studies Committee
  • 2021 Organized the receipt of student contributions, produced and edited a video recital of art songs by African American composers entitled Celebrating Black Composers
Last Updated: 3/22/23