Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Artist Spotlight

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Seth Friese

Seth Friese Playing French Horn

Seth Friese is an organic chemist who has a love for the horn and music. Many experiences have shaped his passion and desire for music. Greatest among these is that he has been able to share this passion with his wife, Kristilyn, a cellist. Throughout Seth’s many experiences traveling across the states pursuing his chemistry career, music and the horn has always been an integral part of his life.

Seth started playing the French horn at the traditional time of 5th grade. He played the normal spring concerts, Christmas concerts, and parades until he began his college career at Bethel University (BU) in St. Paul, MN. While majoring in chemistry, Seth carved time out from his major to be a part of the Bethel Wind Ensemble. The experiences of studying under Kimberly Allmann at BU, going on tour to the Midwest, California, and England propelled Seth to continue his musical pursuits past university.

Life after university brought Seth to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he completed his Ph.D. in chemistry. During this time Seth played with the UCSD Wind Ensemble for several years while also playing with the orchestra at College Avenue Baptist Church. Through these experiences, Seth was asked to play in a pit orchestra for the Christian Community Theatre’s production of Bye, Bye, Birdie. This experience of performing in an outdoor theatre on top of Mt. Helix in San Diego ranks high in Seth’s musical memories, along with playing horn quartets with fellow science graduate students at UCSD.

A move back to Minnesota during Seth’s postdoctoral work once again found him finding new places and people to play horn with before making his last move to Salisbury, MD to come on as a faculty member in the chemistry department at Salisbury University (SU). This last transition brought him to the music department at SU where he currently enjoys playing for the SU Symphony Orchestra and Brass Ensemble while also occasionally playing in various community and church ensembles.