Dr. Jennifer L. Seighman has worked professionally building sacred choral music programs in various churches over the past 20 years and has taught choral music in both public and private school settings, including the Atonement Academy. She has received awards for sacred music, music education and organ. She has been organist for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the SA Symphony in 2011 and the Texas Choral Directors Association annual conference worship service in 2013.
From 2012 to 2014, she presided as Dean of the Alamo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and currently remains active as an advisory board member. Dr. Seighman has presented lectures for the Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic schools and serves as a grant evaluator with Texas Commission on the Arts. Jenniferis currently in her seventh season as Artistic Director of the San Antonio Choral Society. Her extensive experience in choral pedagogy, passion for performance and ability to inspire and revitalize the aspirations for excellence, in even the most seasoned choristers, continues to reaffirm her appointment as Artistic Director in 2011. Since then, Dr. Seighman has worked to raise the level of vocalism in singers through her ability to diagnose vocal/musical issues and engage the singers in strategies that build vocal and aural skills. Her ability to work effectively with singers of all age groups as well as amateur and professional musicians alike has been an asset in stretching the choir to reach higher levels of musical achievement and new challenges in regards to performance practice and style. Under her baton, collaborative performances have included a multiple choir and brass Gabrieli celebration, the SA Symphony Brahms Festival, Britten’s St. Nicolas, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and an historic ten-day choir tour to Bavaria and Austria.
Dr. Seighman graduated magna cum laude with the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College where she studied voice and organ and sang with renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the NJ Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Sacred Choral Music from the Catholic University of America. The focus of her doctoral research was a multi-case study of Catholic choir school models in the United States, which she recently presented at the Psallite Domino liturgical music conference in Liverpool, England. Jennifer resides in San Antonio with her husband, Gary, Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University, toddler son Justin, and infant daughter Gabrielle.
Music is highly valued in here at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. Both our parish and parish school are nationally recognized for our Liturgical Music. We encourage music literacy amidst our parishioners and community members to better enhance their experience of worship in Mass.
“He who sings well prays twice, so long as it is from love.” - St. Augustine
Do you want to enhance your experience at mass and avoid feeling lost during musical portions of the mass that your heart and mind may be elevated in worship to our Lord? Then simply take a look at some of the opportunities to get involved below.
- 14 Members in the TMEA High School All-Region Choir
- 14 Members in the TMEA Middle School All-Region Choir
- Superior Ratings in TPSMEA Concert and Sight-Reading
- Advanced MS Girl’s Earned a Rating of Superior in the Director's Choice Music Festival
- Changed Voice Boys Earned a Rating of Excellent in the Director's Choice Music Festival
- 1 TMEA Large School All-State Choir Member (competing against schools with thousands of students)
- 12 Members in the TMEA High School All-Region Choir
- 13 Members in the TMEA Middle School All-Region Choir
- 7th Grade Girls earned a Rating of Excellent in the Texas Music Festival
- 2 TMEA Large School All-State Choir Members (competing against schools with thousands of students)
- 7 Members in the TMEA High School All-Region Choir
- 12 Members in the TMEA Middle School All-Region Choir
The heart-beat of our liturgical life here is music. Even before we had a permanent building we had a pipe organ, temporarily installed in our rented facility, and then moved to the church as soon as it was built. The first instrument was small but quite beautiful. It provided excellent support for congregational singing, which is such an important part of our public worship. Also it was able to sustain a fairly good range of musical literature, adding great beauty to the celebration of Mass and other services.
However, it was never envisioned as the final instrument, and when the expansion of the church began we considered how we would also expand the organ. At exactly the time we needed to make some decisions the magnificent Casavant Freres, Opus 2016, 1950, became available because of a church closing. With the cooperation and hard work of many people this beautiful instrument has found its home at Our Lady of the Atonement Church.
The Gallery Organ consists of thirty-six ranks of pipes, and the Nave Organ is made up of fourteen ranks of pipes, making a total of fifty ranks. Both organs are played from the gallery console, either separately, or with complete coupling capability. It’s very effective for an “echo” effect, or for separating a solo stop, and the Nave Organ combined with the Gallery Organ is extremely helpful in supporting congregational singing. Having some of the sound coming from half-way down the nave, combined with the sound from the gallery, gives a very full accompaniment for the hymns.