Title: Professor Emerita
Company: Creighton University
Location: Fremont, Nebraska, United States
Carole J. Seitz, BME, MME, professor emerita at Creighton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
For Mrs. Seitz, music has always been a part of her DNA. Growing up in a household where her mother was a pianist, she was exposed at an early age to the joy that music provided through the piano lessons she took starting at age 4. By the time she was in fourth grade, she was also taking violin classes through programming at her school. Fast forward to adulthood, Mrs. Seitz has made a significant impact on higher education as an expert educator in music. She spent much of her career with Creighton University, where she first served as a general accompanist for ballet classes and taught as an associate professor of music. From there, she became associate chair of performing arts in 1976, assistant professor in 1979 and then, finally, professor. Along the way, Mrs. Seitz has been very involved musically in local churches through her work as director of the Canterbury Choir at St Augustine Episcopal Church, junior choir director and soprano soloist at St. Andrews Episcopalian Church, director of music St. John’s Lutheran Church, and more. Further, Mrs. Seitz has found success performing as a violinist for the Des Moines Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Wichita Symphony and Omaha Symphony. She was also the assistant conductor and chorus master for the Opera Omaha, as well as the composer for the play “The Devils,” various choral and dance compositions, string quartets and orchestras.
To prepare for a career in music, Mrs. Seitz first pursued her own education. She earned a Bachelor of Music in 1960 followed by a Master of Music in education in 1961 from Wichita State University. She has remained at the top of her field through her involvement with the American Choral Directors Association, where she is recognized as a life member and a former Iowa board member. She was also a member of the Mortar Board and Mu Phi Epsilon. In recognition of her professional excellence, Mrs. Seitz was the recipient of a citizenship award from the American Association of University Women. Looking ahead, she intends to enjoy her well-deserved retirement. Mrs. Seitz continues to play the piano every day and loves to substitute as the organist for her church as needed.
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