Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Musicology Fund to Honor Dr. Seaton

In the fall of 2010, the S. Douglass Seaton Fund for Musicology was established to honor Dr. Douglass Seaton, the Warren D. Allen Professor of Music at the Florida State University. Dr. Seaton is the coordinator for Music History and Musicology in the College of Music. A former student of Seaton’s, Bill Faucett, spearheaded the fund with a letter-writing campaign urging former students of Dr. Seaton to donate funds to aid the musicology department and “honor a scholar who has meant so much.”

Faucett praised Dr. Seaton saying, “Dr. Douglass Seaton, Professor of Musicology, has had an enormous impact on his students during more than thirty years of teaching at FSU. Anyone who ever attended one of Dr. Seaton’s classes—from his introductory lessons in music history and literature to his doctoral seminars—has benefitted from his deep love of music, his personal example of intellectual rigor, and an unmatched dedication to music scholarship.”

With over $25,000 raised, the S. Douglass Seaton Fund for Musicology will be utilized exclusively for musicology by funding such things as library acquisitions in musicology, research assistance, travel stipends, and publication subventions.

Dr. Seaton holds a Bachelor of Music from the College of Wooster; a Master of Arts, Masters of Philosophy, and Ph. D. degrees from Columbia University. His principal research interests are in the music of Felix Mendelssohn, the music of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, and relationships of literature and music. Dr. Seaton's dissertation dealt with Mendelssohn's compositional processes. He is the author of Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition (currently in its third edition) and The Art Song: A Research and Information Guide, and editor of The Mendelssohn Companion. He prepared the scholarly editions of Mendelssohn's Lobgesang (Symphony No. 2), published by Carus-Verlag, and Elijah, published by Bärenreiter. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Musical Quarterly, The Music Review, College Music Symposium, Ars lyrica, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, among others. Professor Seaton is former President of The College Music Society and has also served on the Council of the American Musicological Society.

Dr. Seaton’s thirty plus years of service are greatly appreciated and this fund will serve as a legacy of his continued service.