Seth Wenger

Job Title: 
Musician in Residence
E-mail: 
swenger@scattergood.org
Education: 

Bachelor's of Education, William Penn University

Biography: 
Seth comes to Scattergood with a history in education, music, and carpentry design. He received his BA Ed from William Penn University, a Quaker school in Oskaloosa, IA. He worked for 5 years in the southeast Iowa community of Columbus Junction designing educational and social outreach programs through the public school system. Teaching in Spain is Seth's most recent overseas work experience, also on the list are Venezuela and Mexico.
 
For much of his childhood in rural southeast Iowa, Seth Wenger was musically isolated by his immersion in the Mennonite a cappella tradition. As a teenager, that isolation was punctured by his introduction to the Iowa Folk/Americana scene of the early 90s. Recently, as a musician-in-residence at Scattergood Friends School and an Iowa Arts Council grant recipient, Wenger has been able to further explore a songwriting and song interpretation ethos that’s deeply rooted in an examination of community, space, and place. Of his work this year, Wenger says, “I’ve been singing a lot of Sacred Harp music, but whether it comes through the Hollow Square, a community choir, Mexican bandas, country churches, a city basement, Gypsy siguiriyas, or an art house stage, sharing music with people is a sacred practice, and I want to bring everyone along for the ride.”