Assistant Professor of Music


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor of Music
    • Music Education (Choral)
  • Concentration:

    • Choral
  • Department:

    • Choir and Music
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. in Music Education


Seth Pendergast completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Utah, where he taught and assisted with music education courses, choral ensembles, student teacher supervision, and held the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Assistantship. He earned a Masters in Music Education from the Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southeastern University.

Throughout his doctoral program, Seth developed scholarship concerning adolescent involvement in current and emerging school-based music courses. For his dissertation study, he explored the relationship between secondary school music participation and students’ music activities in both formal and informal contexts. His most recent publications include two book chapters on technology-based music courses, which appear in the textbook General Music: A K–12 Experience (Kendall Hunt Publishers). Seth has presented his research at national and state music education conferences, including the Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Texas Music Educators Clinic/Conference, Florida Music Educators Professional Development Conference, and Utah Music Educators Conference. Seth is also an active clinician, conductor, and adjudicator. He frequently leads professional development sessions, clinics, festivals, and honor choirs at various schools, districts, conferences, and universities, both locally and nationally. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, Society for Research in Music Education, and Technology Institute for Music Educators. Beyond the academic arena, Seth has held music staff positions with church congregations in both Florida and Utah.