Seth Brenzel

Name: Seth Brenzel
Voice type: Tenor
SFS Chorus member since: 1995
Hometown: San Leandro, California

Began singing: At age 10 as part of the children's chorus at the SF Conservatory of Music Preparatory.

Musical inspirations: John Fernald, David Hogan, John Yankee, Nansi Carroll, Leo Wanenchak, John Alston, Vance George & Ragnar Bohlin  

If I were not a professional singer I might be a: I would be a volunteer singer somewhere, somehow! I love to sing, and participating in a chorus is one of the most life-affirming experiences I have ever had.

Favorite composers: Stravinsky, Bach, Britten & Schubert

Favorite vocal works to sing: Bach's Mass in B minor, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Britten's Hymn to St. Cecelia, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Schubert's Mass in Eb & Poulenc's Figure Humaine.

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Catching up on some of the latest TV seriies (The Good Wife, Sherlock & Downton Abbey are my current favorites); spending time with friends and family, including my 3 year old daughter who loves to sing, too! Taking walks with my husband (whom I met in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus) and daughter on Bernal Hill and along Cortland in Bernal Heights, our neighborhood.

Recent reading: Cutting for Stone, The Little Engine That Could & The Story of Babar.

On my CD player/ iPod: Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, Music Together Flute Song Collection, Martha Argerich's recording of Schumann's Kreisleriana Op 16, Fischer-Dieskau singing Mahler Lieder and R.E.M's Green.

Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Visiting new restaurants and old favorites - because the food in SF is so good and dining out is one of the best things in our city. Visiting the Academy of Sciences, the SF Zoo, SF Parks and Playgrounds - because I have a toddler and these are wonderful ways to spend time together as a family. Seeing movies at the Castro Theatre - because it's such a wonderful movie house and what a treat it is to hear the organist perform prior to movies - and then to watch the organ descend below the stage!

Plus: When not singing I am the Executive Director of The Walden School (, a summer music festival and camp for creative musicians in New Hampshire. Choral singing is a vital part of our programs for young and adult musicians alike!

It is a privilege to sing in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Between the musical collegiality, the artistic excellence, and the communal music making, the entire experience is thrilling. I love being part of this chorus that hopefully brings joy and excitenment to the audience, for whom I am grateful for attending our concerts and participating as enthusiastic listeners.