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MJ graduate sees international success as conductor

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A Class of 2000 Mt. Juliet High School graduate is making his name in a world usually dominated by his elder colleagues. 

Scott Seaton, the valedictorian for the Class of 2000, was recently named Conductor for the Minot Symphony Orchestra in Minot, North Dakota. 

There were over 60 applicants to the position from all over the world, but Seaton stuck out to the group in charge of choosing the new conductor. 

“There were some who were very well prepared, and some who had a real feel for the music they were conducting, but (Scott) stood out from the rest,” Luanne Erickson, Minot Symphony Orchestra President, told the Minot Daily News. 

Seaton has received degrees from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Universite de Montreal. He has conducted orchestras all over Europe, South America and North America. He made his international debut at the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. 

“Scott was a fantastic young alto saxophonist when he started with the high school band,” said Mt. Juliet High School Band Director Tony Cox. “It was clear from day one that Scott had a tremendous curiosity about music and all things music related.” 

Cox said Seaton was a drum major for the Band of Gold, and won numerous accolades as a student musician.  

“Everyone here in the music department at MJHS is very proud of Scott and the positive reflection he provides the city of Mt. Juliet,” said Cox. 

In addition to the position of conductor, Seaton will teach some classes at Minot State University. 

“A conductor is a teacher in some senses,” Seaton told the Minot Daily News. “He must be a good communicator. Initially I’ll be teaching some music appreciation courses.”

Seaton has a website where you can see some of his work, and see a little bit more about him. It is 

A portion of this article appeared first in a story written by Ceecy Nucker of the Minot Daily News, 

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