Lord of the Rings Symphony No. 1 by Johan de Meij
Guest Conductor and AD Candidate
Dr. Martin H. Seggelke
8 pm, Friday, March 15
678 Portola Drive, San Francisco
Join us on a musical quest through J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, as Dr. Martin H. Seggelke conducts the Band in a performance of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1 Lord of the Rings.
Johan de Meij’s first symphony, Lord of the Rings is unusual because it was written originally for symphonic wind ensemble rather than orchestra and won the Sudler Composition Award in 1989. An orchestral transcription was arranged and premiered in 2001 to coincide with the release of the first film of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy. The music is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous book trilogy of the same title, written in 1955. With these books, which have fascinated millions of readers around the globe for more than half a century, Tolkien invented the literary genre of fantasy.
The Lord of the Rings symphony consists of five separate movements, each illustrating a character, a location, or an important event from the books.
I. Gandalf (The Wizard)
II. Lothlórien (The Elvenwood)
III. Gollum (Sméagol)
IV. Journey in the Dark
a) The Mines of Moria
b) The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm
About the Conductor
Dr. Martin H. Seggelke
Guest Conductor & AD Candidate
Dr. Martin H. Seggelke is a member of the music faculty at the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University. He serves as Director of Wind Ensembles, conducting the SFSU Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, leading the Master of Music program in Wind Conducting, and teaching undergraduate classes in conducting. In addition, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, a professional level wind ensemble in the Bay Area, and a member of the conducting faculty at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary and the SUNY Fredonia Summer Music Festival.
Prior to his appointment at San Francisco State University, Dr. Seggelke served as Music Department Chair and Director of Wind Ensembles at the University of Minnesota Morris. He previously taught conducting at the Eastman School of Music and served as Assistant to the Director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Wind Orchestra. In addition, he was conductor and board member for OSSIA, an ensemble for contemporary music at Eastman. Dr. Seggelke held teaching appointments at the State University of New York in Fredonia and the University of Bremen, as well as several professional positions as Music Director and Conductor, including the New Opera Theatre Ensemble (NOTE) Bremen, the Symphonic Wind Band Norderstedt, and the Norderstedt Youth Wind Orchestra.
Martin Seggelke holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked with Mark Scatterday, Neil Varon, Brad Lubman, and Donald Hunsberger. He also completed a Master of Music in Conducting at SUNY Fredonia, a Diploma of Fine Arts in Conducting at the University of Calgary, and a Master of Music in Music Education and a Master of Science in Geography at the University of Bremen, Germany. His teachers include Paula Holcomb, Christoph Eschenbach, Glenn Price, Mark Hopkins, Felix Hauswirth, Gunther Schuller, Michael Haithcock, Rodney Winther, Toshiyuki Shimada, Paul Vermel, Pierre Kuijpers, Baldur Brönnimann, Frederick Fennell and Claus Peter Flor, and he received several international scholarships and grants as well as first prizes at national music competitions in Germany.
Dr. Seggelke is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, nationally and internationally. He has presented at national and international conferences, and has authored book chapters and articles in various music magazines. Among his awards are the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, the Eastman School of Music Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as several international and national grants, scholarships and first prizes at national music competitions. An advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Seggelke has commissioned and premiered a large number of new works for wind ensemble.
For four years, he served as a board member of the German Section of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). In addition, he is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the College Music Society (CMS), the International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music (IGEB), the National Band Association (NBA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC), the California Music Educators’ Association (CMEA), the California Band Directors’ Association (CBDA) and Mensa.
For two years Dr. Seggelke played clarinet with the German Marine Band, Kiel. He proceeded to work as a studio musician and freelance performer, including productions for the Northern German Radio Station (NDR) and appearances at the Salzburg Festival 2003 and the Schauspielhaus Hannover. His principal teachers were Martin Stoffel (University of Bremen), Wolfgang Braun and Jürgen Schmidt. He performed with the Bremen Chamber Symphony, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra, the MID Europe International Wind Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Band Norderstedt, as well as appearing as soloist with the Buxtehude Symphony Orchestra. His private clarinet studio included students in Hamburg, Norderstedt and Bremen.
About the Composer
Johan de Meij – Symphony No.1 “The Lord of the Rings”
Johan de Meij (b. 1953) began his musical career at age 15, studying the trombone and euphonium in the Harmonie Forum Hadriani, a concert band in Voorburg, Netherlands. He received his musical education at The Royal Conservatory of Music at The Hague, studying trombone and conducting. After his graduation, he gained an international reputation as an arranger and composer. Besides Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings, de Meij has written a number of other compositions, and is currently a trombonist in the De Volharding Orchestra.