Dr. Marilyn Seelman is Music Director/Conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Miami-Coral Gables, Florida and her Master of Music in Viola from Boston University. She has held the position of Director of Orchestras and violist at Trinity University in San Antonio, The University of New Mexico-Albuquerque and Georgia State University. Dr. Seelman has served as an All-State Conductor in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alaska and will be serving in that capacity in Colorado and Florida in 2011. In addition she was on the conducting faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp in 2009 and 2010. She has presented viola master classes at Vanderbilt University, American String Teachers’ Association National Conventions, and in Nanjing, China along with presenting sessions on viola pedagogy and string pedagogy at many professional meetings.
Dr. Seelman is Past-President of the Georgia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and now serves on the national board of ASTA as Publications Chair and National Solo Competition Chair. Under her leadership, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Atlanta has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and Georgia Music Educators’ Conference in Savannah. In addition, at the invitation of the US-China Cultural and Educational Foundation, in 2006, MYSO performed in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai and in 2008 gave performances in Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. She is teaching music education at Georgia State University during the 2010-11 academic year and continues to maintain an active viola studio, adjudicate festivals, conduct, and gives clinics throughout the United States and abroad.