Originally from a farm in rural North Carolina, saxophonist and music educator, Seth Carper, currently calls San Marcos, TX home. Leading his quartet and co-leading the NOW Jazz Orchestra (New Original Works), Carper is an integral part of the central Texas jazz community.
He earned a DMA in Music Performance/Jazz Studies at the University of Texas in Austin in 2016. Prior to Austin, Carper spent five years in New York City, performing with some of the finest musicians in the world, and teaching at The City College of New York and Third Street Music Settlement. He received his M.M. in Music Performance/Jazz Studies at CCNY under the tutelage of Grammy Award winning bassist, John Patitucci, and saxophonists Jon Gordon and John Ellis. Before his time in NY, Carper earned a B.M. in Music Education and classical saxophone from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. A passionate music educator, Seth became director of bands at Holmes Middle School in Eden, NC, eventually moving on to teach at Davidson College, Pfeifer University, Temple College, and the University of Texas.
As a performer, he has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Ernie Watts, Vincent Herring, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Werner, Bill Mobley, Jack Walrath, and Jerry Dodgion. Dr. Carper has also performed with many popular & classical groups, including Grammy winning groups The Temptations and The Four Tops, The O’Jays, Lou Christie, The Drifters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Piedmont Wind Symphony of NC, The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, as well as The Reduced Opera Co. of London. He continues to broaden his musical world, performing with some of central Texas’ finest musicians, and joined the faculty of Texas State University in fall of 2017. He lives with his beautiful wife, Kiira, and their two cats, Sunny and Herbie.