Presenter: Seth Keeton
In a presentation rich with data visualization, Seth Keeton, creator and director of SongHelix, will describe the tool's origins and history, the database’s format, its metadata, and cataloging procedures. Keeton will demonstrate how to use the tool with examples of recital sets made through its use. He will show the catalog’s growth as well as how current users employ the tool. He will describe ways that singers and pianists can get involved in growing the dataset as well as potentially serve as members of an editorial board. Finally Keeton will describe the future of SongHelix including upcoming partnerships and planned features.
Bass-baritone Seth Keeton’s performances have been described by The New York Times as “driven” and “emotionally pointed.” He has performed roles on the stages of opera companies throughout the United States, and 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. In art song and in recital, Keeton’s creative expression takes many forms, and he delights in creating unusual song recitals for himself and his students. In 2018, he was featured on a recording, Chamber Music, Volume 2, of forgotten composer, Richard Stöhr. In the summer of 2018 Keeton recorded Voices of a New World, a CD featuring works with texts by Whitman and Dickinson. Keeton is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Utah School of Music.