Meet the Conductor

Dr. James Seay serves as the Director of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL where he leads a music program with thirteen choirs and almost 300 participants. Dr. Seay is also the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Montgomery Chorale, a community choir with over 100 singers on the roster.  Recent seasons have included such major choral works as the Mozart Requiem, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and several collaborations with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, and Alabama State University.  In the fall of 2015, he launched a new auditioned ensemble, the Montgomery Chamber Chorale, which offers its own season of concerts specializing in chamber choral music.  The Montgomery Chamber Chorale sang for the 2017 Alabama ACDA Conference Concert.  Before coming to Montgomery in 2015, he served as the Director of Music of FUMC Tuscaloosa for ten years where he led the Adult Chancel Choir in the 2010 Alabama ACDA Conference Concert.  While in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Seay founded the professional chamber choral ensemble ETHOS which, in its first season, commissioned a piece, The Starry Night by Ola Gjeilo, and performed with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Seay continues to serve as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for choirs in college, high school, and church settings.  Dr. Seay holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns-Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alabama.