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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)
  • Orchestration (MT 504)
  • Private Composition for the Non-Major (MT 291)
  • Private Instruction for the Composition Major/Principal (MT 492, MT 491)
  • 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 brass sextet, oboe/piano, saxophone quartet, youth orchestra, and flute choir.

He is an Assistant 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 I, Theory IV, Orchestration, and Form & Analysis. In addition, he teaches private composition lessons, private saxophone lessons, and is the coordinator of the Student Recital Hour.

Custer serves as the general director of the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers Institute, held annually in Minneapolis, MN. He maintains professional memberships in the College Music Society, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers League, and the American Composers Forum.

When school is not in session, Seth and his wife, Moriah travel the country presenting musical programs in churches and schools, and teach at music camps and conferences.