Philip SewardPhilip Seward is a composer, pianist, tenor and teacher. In 2013 his chamber opera, How To Date A Coloratura, was a finalist in the National Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition. His opera, Eve, (the first act of The Proposal) premiered in concert at Midwest New Musicals. Other productions include …And Piano Make Three at New York’s Kaye Playhouse, Chicago’s Stages Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Philadelphia Fringe; High Fidelity at Merkin Hall in New York City and the Chicago Humanities Festival; and Jeff Award-winning musical Hans Brinker. Lyric Opera of Chicago commissioned the short operas, Stone Soup, A Noteworthy Tale, and African Stories that have also been produced by Toledo Opera, Memphis Opera, and Pensacola Opera. Chicago’s Lira Ensemble commissioned many works including Blessing which premiered on WFMT radio and a work for chorus and orchestra, Sonnet, which premiered at Symphony Center. As a pianist Philip Seward has performed his compositions for piano as well as other contemporary composers throughout United States and in Europe. In addition to a variety of roles, he has sung Art Song recitals in Rzeszów and Wroclaw in Poland.

A recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award during his teaching career at Columbia College Chicago, he also conducts the choir at St. James Presbyterian Church, the Edgewater Singers and his choral music is published by Porfiri & Horvath. Dr. Seward’s education includes a DMA in Composition from the University of Salford, Masters from Northwestern University and Bachelors from Wabash College.