About Seth Bedford


A multidisciplinary composer, conductor, performer and educator based in Akron, Ohio, Seth Bedford creates musical experiences for orchestras, bands, chamber musicians and children.  His work often explores themes of mutual understanding, internationality, and community. 


He holds a degree in music composition from the University of Texas where he studied with Kevin Puts.  While there, he also studied piano, harp, cello and voice.  Recently, he was nominated for the Grammy Music Educator Award, and his piece "Crown of Aragon" is now published by Carl Fischer Music, New York.

He's a former member/composer of the Chelsea Symphony (NYC) and former board member of the Queer Urban Orchestra (NYC).  These days, he's the Director of Orchestras at Old Trail School in Bath, OH where he also teaches general music to very young learners. And he serves as the Artistic Director of the Blazing River Freedom Band, a GLBTQ inclusive symphonic band based in Cleveland, OH.  


He's an avid painter as well as a member of ASCAP.  


There are entirely too many musical instruments and hats in his house.



Photo: Francesco Renna, 2019