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Seth Custer

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Department Head, Department of Music Theory and Technology
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • PhD, Music, University of Iowa
  • MM, Music: Composition, Central Michigan University
  • BMus, Music Performance, University of North Dakota


  • Form & Analysis (MT 409)
  • Introduction to Music Theory (MT 099)
  • Orchestration (MT 504)
  • Private Composition for the Non-Major (MT 291)
  • Private Instruction for the Composition Major/Principal (MT 492, MT 491)
  • Private Instruction for the Saxophone Major/Principal (Sax 491)
  • Theory II (MT 106)
  • Theory III (MT 205)
  • Theory IV (MT 206)
  • Writing & Arranging for School Ensembles (ME 610)


Dr. Seth Custer is an active composer, performer, clinician, and adjudicator, and his music is heard across the United States. He received a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Iowa in 2009, a Master of Music degree in composition from Central Michigan University in 2006, and a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of North Dakota in 2004. He regularly receives commissions to compose works for a variety of ensembles, recently including concert band, symphony orchestra and saxophone quartet.

He is a Professor in the Department of Music Theory, Composition, and Technology at Bob Jones University, where he has taught since 2009. His main teaching responsibilities include Theory III-IV, Orchestration, Form & Analysis, and private composition lessons.

Custer maintains professional memberships in the College Music Society, American Composers Forum, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, and National Federation of Music Clubs.