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Seth Killen

Associate Professor of Music, Voice
Academic Background
Doctor of Musical Arts—University of Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music—Voice Performance and Pedagogy Master of Music
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana—Voice Performance and Literature
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2121
Anderson University Professor Seth Killen

What classes do you teach at AU?

Applied Voice Lessons, Opera Workshop

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

My purpose in life is to train the next generation of musicians that will use music to improve and change their world. Anderson University’s forward looking curriculum, excellent facilities, and focus on integration of faith and learning gives me the tools I need to train excellent musicians.


I enjoy biking, hiking, and swimming with my wife, Bonnie, and our three girls. I am interested in all things brain related and can often be found reading about neuroscience, psychology, and psychotherapy. Although I lack natural talent, I love to paint using watercolors.

Places you've lived

I have lived in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?

The people. One of Anderson’s four pillars is hospitality and that is evident when you are on campus. I greatly appreciate the family like atmosphere at AU.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Singing is an incredibly vulnerable process because it involves your mind, soul, and body. My primary goal in the studio is to create an environment where the student feels safe in trying new things, failing, and trying again. A typical lesson will start with catching up about the student’s life and work. Then, we transition into technical exercises that are tailored to the student to build proficiency in singing. The last half of the lesson is spent focusing on literature. At the end of the lesson, we will set goals and assignments for the coming week.